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Maborosi (Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda, 1995)

Date: October 28, 2017

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Address: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Q&A with director Hirokazu Koreeda!

Co-presented by the UCLA Film and Television Archive 

Several years after the apparent suicide of her husband, Yumiko accepts an arranged marriage and moves with her young son to a small seaside village. She’s immediately embraced by the close-knit community and life seems to resume for her, but the past doesn’t stay the past as small reminders reopen old questions and wounds. Koreeda sustains a delicate balance between light and shadow in a film about the fragility of the healing process. (35mm) ~ Presented as part of "Hirokazu Koreeda: Cinema from the Outside In"


A film of astonishing beauty and sadness. 

Roget Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

Exquisitely beautiful... One breathtaking shot after another.

Stephen Holden, The New York Times

A profoundly affecting meditation on loss... echoes the influence of Japanese masters Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu.

Scott Tobias, A.V. Club

Maborosi emerged from Koreeda’s skilful hands a confidently realised drama that marked its director as a formal master of the medium. 

Joseph Sgammato, Senses of Cinema


Koreeda’s extraordinary first narrative feature bears signs of his previous work in documentary—a patient eye for lighting and timing, a knack for framing resonate spaces and sounds—while moving uncommonly ahead, fashioning a lyrical cinema of love, loss, and the sublime.

Jeremy Polacek, Brooklyn Magazine



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