The Weekend Japanese Film Show in January – Haru’s Journey


DATE: 9 January 2016

TIME: 3.00 p.m.

VENUE: Auditorium, Content Malaysia Pitching Centre, Unit G09 G10, Platinum Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral 50470, Kuala Lumpur


Organized by : The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur. The Japan Foundation is a non-profit organization established with the purpose of fostering mutual cultural exchange between Japan and other countries.

The 2016 season of our free monthly film screenings opens with Harus Journey which follows the uneasy journey of an elderly fisherman and his granddaughter as they hit the hard roads of northern Japan providing uniquely penetrating insight into Japanese culture through the universal themes of acceptance resilience and familial commitment.


Haru’s Journey


(小林政広 KOBAYASHI Masahiro/2010/83 min)

An elderly fisherman named Tadao and his granddaughter Haru live together in a small harbourside village in Hokkaido. When Haru loses her job, she decides to take her grandfather to Tokyo where there are better work opportunities. But Tadao refuses, and so begins a road movie driven by household dynamics as the two set off on a journey to the mainland to see if one of his siblings is willing to look after him.

A favoured director in the European film festival circuit, Masahiro Kobayashi established his mainstream credentials with this uniquely penetrating portrait of Japanese culture, filtered through the universal themes of acceptance, resilience and familial commitment.


❖ 65th Mainichi Film Award of Excellence in Japanese Film

❖ 65th Mainichi Film Award for Best Newcomer – Eri Tokunaga

❖ 20th Japanese Film Critics Award for Best Japanese Film

❖ 2011 Granada Film Festival Cines del Sur Silver Alhambra for Best Director – Masahiro Kobayashi

❖ 2011 Vesoul Asian Film Festival Audience Award

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THE WEEKEND JAPANESE FILM SHOW has been organised by The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) regularly for over 10 years. The programme takes place every first Saturday of the month and is free of charge. All films are presented in Japanese with English subtitles.