Nagasaki: Memories of My Son is a touching story of memories and fate, loss and acceptance. Set in the picturesque town of Nagasaki, with its unique Portuguese and Dutch-inspired architecture, this film is also a window into the lives of civilians forced to eke out a living in the aftermath of war.
Directed by Yoji Yamada, this film stars Kazunari Ninomiya and Haru Kuroki, winners of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively at the 2016 Japan Academy Awards.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
The year is 1948: it’s been three years since Nobuko’s son, Koji, has been declared missing after the atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki. Nobuko has been praying for her son’s return ever since but each passing year sees no news of him.
On the third anniversary of the bombing, Nobuko finally accepts that her son is dead. It’s only then that he suddenly reappears – this time, as a ghost. With Nobuko bereft of any living familial relations and a struggling post-war economy predicting a bleak future for the country, mother and son take the chance to reminisce about happier days.