The Land of Hope
In the prefecture of Nagashima, Japan, two families are torn apart when an earthquake causes a nuclear meltdown. The government draws danger zones across the prefecture, with one line dividing the houses of two next- door neighbors: the Onos and the Suzukis. The elder, Ono Yasuhiko, decides to stay in the “safe” zone where their home lies, while the Suzuki family evacuates. This fiction film tells a touching story of two families and their struggles to stay united in the face of disaster. Social horror is built through imagery flavored by hysteria; the audience is then brought closer to the families through unexpected displays of loyalty and affection that only come to the surface at this moment of frenzy. The film surrounds its actors with beautiful and tragic imagery and provides extreme moments of conflict, loss and resolution. In Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shion Sono. Produced by Yuji Sadai, Mizue Kunizane, Yuko Shiomaki.