This candid drama is one of the latest instalments from the prolific director Takashi Miike, usually known for his ultra-violent and outrageous works (As the Gods Will, Ichi the Killer).
The film is based on the novel and song Kaze ni Tatsu Lion (The Lion Standing in the Wind) by Masashi Sada. These in turn were inspired by love letters written by the real-life Dr Koichiro Shibata, who ran a mobile clinic in Kenya.
The catalyst for this adaptation was actor Takao Osawa, who was so moved by the song that he urged the songwriter to adapt the song into a novel, and then a film. Osawa went on to star as Dr Shibata in the film adaptation.
Presented by The Japan Foundation and ACMI
The Lion Standing in the Wind
The inspiring and touching true story of Koichiro Shimada, a medical doctor in war-torn Kenya. In his first-hand encounter with the realities of conflict, he meets an injured child soldier, Ndung'u, who has a profound impact on the course of his life.