Country: Japan, United States, China
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Runtime: 84 mins.
Kanto is a fourteen-year-old boy and a descendant of Japan’s indigenous Ainu people. He lives with his mother, Emi, who runs a souvenir store in the small town of Hokkaido, in Northern Japan, where Ainu people embrace tourism to keep the culture alive and to create jobs. Kanto has been struggling with the loss of his father a year ago. The radical Ainu community leader, Debo, tells Kanto about the small hole in the cliff in a nearby forest, which Ainu people considered a path to the other side of the world - where dead people live. Kanto decides to visit the hole, hoping to see his deceased father...
Originally from Hokkaido, Japan, Takeshi Fukunaga learned filmmaking in New York. His first feature film, Out of My Hand, premiered in the Panorama section at Berlinale 2015, won the U.S. fiction award at LA Film Festival and the Emerging Filmmaker Award at San Diego Asian American Film Festival. The film was later released through Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. His second feature, Ainu Mosir, won a Special Jury Mention in the International Narrative Competition at Tribeca Film Festival.
Cast Kanto Shimokura, Emi Shimokura, Toko Miura, Lily Franky
Cinematography: Sean Price Williams
Production: Eric Nyari, Harue Miyake
Screenplay: Takeshi Fukunaga
Editing: Keiko Deguchi, Takeshi Fukunaga
Music: Clarice Jensen, OKI