Following the success of last year’s smash-hit Shoplifters, the BFI have restored and re-released Hirokazu Kore-eda’s debut feature, Maborosi.

By 1995 Kore-eda was already well established as a documentary director, but it was his fiction debut that brought him international attention, winning prizes in Chicago, Vancouver and Venice, and securing commercial releases in western countries.

Yumiko is troubled by the notion that she brings death to people close to her. Following the loss of her grandmother and husband, she remarries and begins to find happiness anew. But on a return to her old home for her brother’s wedding, a flood of troubling memories begins to haunt her.

“An essential work of modern Japanese cinema” – Village Voice
“Exquisitely beautiful” – New York Times

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