OSHIN (おしん)

Directed by: Shin Togashi 2013 | 107 min.

Section: Spotlight on Japan

Premiere: North American


Synopsis

Sponsored by:

Japan Foundation

Nippon Golden Network

Ten-year-old peasant girl Oshin Tanimura (Kokone Hamada) lives a meager existence. Her parents are so poor, they can't afford to feed their children. So when Oshin's father unapologetically forces her to leave the village to become a live-in maid and babysitter for a wealthy family, she willingly accepts it and urges her mother not to cry. Little does the child know, she is about to enter a series of hardships that will test her fortitude and set her on the road to becoming a strong and selfless woman like her mother Fuji, played by Aya Ueto (THERMAE ROMAE, HIFF 2012).

Set in the Meiji era, Oshin is an emotional tale about love and familial duty that doesn't just tug at the heartstrings. It also examines the way Japanese women are simply expected to shoulder the overwhelming burden of caring for their husbands, children and elderly parents. The original NHK drama that this film is based on, was wildly popular around the globe, as well as in Hawaii, when it aired 30 years ago.

Synopsis written by: Jason Musni Soeda

昭和40年、不作のため困窮を極めた谷村家は、7歳のおしんを奉公に出す。奉公先の材木問屋で働きづめの毎日を送るおしんは、雪が溶けたら家に帰れると信じて、つらい日々を乗り切っていく。しかしある時、店の財布から50銭銀貨がなくなる事件が発生。濡れ衣を着せられたおしんは、店を飛び出してしまう。

監督     冨樫森

キャスト     濱田ここね、上戸彩、岸本加世子、伊藤愛海、小林綾子 他

Synopsis written by: Eiga

Screenings

Saturday, October 12 6:30 PM Consolidated Koko Marina Date Passed
Saturday, October 19 3:45 PM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Sunday, October 20 11:45 AM Dole Cannery B Date Passed
Friday, October 25 11:30 AM Kauai - Kukui Grove Cinema Date Passed
Saturday, October 26 4:30 PM Kauai - Waimea Theater Date Passed
Tuesday, October 29 5:00 PM Hilo Palace Theater Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Shin Togashi
Screenwriter Sugako Hashida, Kota Yamada
Producer Arimasa Okada, Nobuyuki Tanizawa, Kensuke Zushi
Co-Producer Shunsuke Koga, Yasushi Minatoya
Executive Producer Sadao Iwahara, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Nobuyuki Tohya
Cast Aya Ueto, Gorô Inagaki, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kayoko Kishimoto, Guts Ishimatsu, Ayako Kobayashi, Pinko Izumi, Shin'nosuke Mitsushima
Production Designer Tôru Fujita
Editor Mitsuo Nishio
Costume Designer Osamu Takeuchi
Art Designer Warihito Nakagawa
Sound Hisashi Iwamaru