PREVIEW: True Mothers (12A)

WHO’S IN IT?

Hiromi Nagasaku (Rebirth), Arata Iura (After Love), Aju Makita (Shoplifters), Miyoko Asada (Until the Break of Dawn), Reo Sato (film debut), Taketo Tanaka (Demekin), Hiroko Nakajima (Sweet Whip), Tetsu Hirahara (film debut), Ren Komai (On-Gaku: Our Sound), Rio Yamashita (Shodo Girls)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Naomi Kawase (Sweet Bean), director, writer, cinematographer; Izumi Takahashi (Zutaboro), writer; Yumiko Takebe (House 475), producer; Akira Kosemura (Bring on the Melody) and An Ton That (Goodbye Mother), composers; Naoki Sakakibara (film debut) and Yûta Tsukinaga (Vengeance Can Wait), cinematographers; Tina Baz (Hanezu) and Yôichi Shibuya (Gatchaman), editors

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Satoko (Nagasaku) and Kiyokazu (Iura) are the adoptive parents of a five-year-old boy, whose biological mother Hikaru (Makita) was a teenager when she gave birth to him. However, when Hikaru – now a young adult – shows up again to demand her son be returned to her, the parents must tackle this threat to their family head-on…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

This Japanese drama, submitted by the country for this year’s International Feature Film Oscar (sadly, though, it wasn’t nominated), is both an emotionally resonant story of family, and perhaps also a compelling mystery.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 16TH APRIL 2021

WHERE CAN I FIND IT?

AVAILABLE TO RENT EXCLUSIVELY ON CURZON HOME CINEMA

 

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