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Nagasaki: Memories of My Son

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son is a heartbreakingly beautiful study of war, love, and family. On August 9, 1948, Nobuko, a midwife in Nagasaki, stands before the grave of the son, Koji, she lost when the atomic bomb was dropped three years earlier. She tells herself, “In that instant, he was gone. It’s time to let him go.” Returning home she is stunned to find Koji waiting for her. His ghostly visits continue, they reminisce over happy times, and gradually Nobuko comes to term with her loss. Meanwhile she watches over Koji’s girlfriend, Machiko, as her life also progresses beyond grief. This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Sponsored by the Consular Office of Japan in Portland

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter

Interviews: Interview with Ryuichi Sakamoto at Screen Anarchy

Filmography: The Little House (2014), Kyoto Story (2010), Kabei: Our Mother (2008), The Hidden Blade (2004), The Twilight Samurai (2002)

Other Films by Yôji Yamada

The Little House

When Takeshi’s unmarried great-aunt Taki passes away, he goes to her house with his family to help clean up her belongings. There, they discover a memoir that Taki had been writing, documenting her experiences as housemaid for the well-to-do Hirai family during World War II. Compelled to learn more about his great-aunt, Takeshi begins to