111 mins – Japan 2018 – Subtitles – Dir: Toshiyuki Teruya
Starring: Ayame Misaki, Eiji Okuda and Michitaka Tsutsui
On the anniversary of their mother’s death, the Shinjo family reunite on the remote Okinawan island of Aguni Shima. Eldest son Tyuyoshi and his single sister Yuko have travelled the long distance home to help their father to carry out a senkotsu – or a bone washing ceremony – by exhuming their mother’s remains and ritualistically cleansing them. But as they prepare for this process, unresolved disputes and grievances come to the surface. Can the family overcome their differences and help each other to face this final farewell together.
Based on director Teruya’s own acclaimed short story of the same name, Born Bone Born provides a rare insight into the near-extinct tradition of senkotsu. Taking a light-hearted but tender approach to the unique custom central to this story, the result is a life-affirming drama about love, family and coming to terms with the loss of those we cherish most.
Japanese Film Festival 2019
This year’s Festival is a continuation of the highly successful collaboration between the Embassy of Japan and access>CINEMA, with support from the Ireland Japan Association and the Japan Foundation. Screenings will take place at both The Gate Cinema and Triskel Christchurch. Visit www.jff.ie for full details.
Standard ticket prices apply or get a season ticket to see all five films for €35 full price / €30 for annual membership holders.