Films at the Embassy of Japan

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River of Fireflies  蛍川

Thursday 30 March 2017
Open 18:00 | Film starts at 18:30 | No admittance after 19:00
Free admission. Prior registration essential.

Thursday 30 March 2017 at 18:30
(Japanese language with English subtitles)

The story is set in beautiful scenery in Toyama prefecture, Japan’s Hokuriku region.  During the winter of 1962, a junior high school boy, Tatsuo, is distracted from preparing for his high school entrance exams by thoughts about his dream girl, Eiko.  To make matters worse, creditors descend upon Tatsuo’s house as his father, Shigetatsu, once a prosperous merchant, has failed in business.  The family now lives in poverty.  On a snowy day in April, Tatsuo and Eiko stroll together, repressing their burning desire for each other.  Eiko remembers a piece of folklore she once heard from  Shigetatsu: If heavy snow falls in April, a huge swarm of fireflies will appear at the upper reaches of the river which flows through the town, and any man and woman who chance to witness the scene together must eventually marry...  Spring arrives in the north, but it robs Tatsuo of the two people closest to him.

The story is based on the Akutagawa Prize-winning novel of the same title, written by Teru Miyamoto.  It sensitively captures the first love of a fourteen-year-old boy, his friendships and the world of elders through his eyes.  The spectacular scene of millions of fireflies brings the film to its climax.

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