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The Far Road

HIDARI Sachiko

  • Japan
  • 1977
  • Korean Premiere
  • 113min
  • 12 +
  • color

SYNOPSIS

The Japanese economy has grown impressively, but Japan alienates workers from the workplace through rationalization and mechanization, rather than recognizing the workers' contribution. The film, directed by Hidari Sachiko, disturbs its propagandistic and masculine quality by inserting the wife's perspective.​

PROGRAM NOTE

Takinoue and his wife lives in Oiwake, a small town in Hokkaido. The husband earns 120 thousand yen a month working as a railroad maintenance worker for 30 years. His wife, who got an arranged marriage with him, has raised their family working various side jobs. Now they win the official commendation from the Japanese National Railway. Their story, so far, seems to represent a myth of Japan’s high-growth period. On the other hand, considering that famous actor Hidari Sachiko is not only acting as the wife, but also producing and directing this film, a work of agitation propaganda is expected at the same time. The film, however, subtly deflects both ends. The director carefully uses mirror images in its image and narrative structure, referring indifferently to various labor disputes and movements in Hokkaido at the time. When brought to literally the end of the far road, the audience shall be surprised at the story that the Japanese media has not dealt with at all, and the unexpected act of the Takinoues will stay with the audience’s mind for a long time. [LEE Yumi]

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Director

  • HIDARI Sachiko
    She appeared in films directed by Shohei Imamura, Susumu Hani, and Tomu Uchida, and became the first Japanese actor to win the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival 1964. The Far Road is her feature-length directorial debut, produced by the National Railway Wokers' Union. It was invited to the official screening of the Berlinale 1978.

Credit

  • ProducerHIDARI Sachiko
  • Screenwriter MIYAMOTO Ken
  • Cinematographer SEGAWA Junichi
  • Editor URAOKA Keiichi
  • Music MIKI Minoru

WORLD SALES

Kiroku Eiga Hozon (Documentary Film Preserve) Center / HAMASAKI Yuko / hamasaki@kirokueiga-hozon.jp