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Run Time: 126 minutes
UNDER THE OPEN SKY is a remarkable vehicle for the prolific Kōji Yakusho, whose decades-long career spans “Tampopo,” “Shall We Dance,” “Babel,” and more. The versatile actor wears his heart on his sleeve as Mikami, a former Yakuza recently released from a 13-year prison stint for murder. In and out of the Japanese penal system the majority of his life, he vows never to turn to crime again. The ex-con’s spirits are quickly broken, however, as deeply held prejudices and bureaucratic barriers make his re-entry into civil society difficult. As if an unforgiving world wasn’t challenging enough, Mikami has a bad habit of expressing himself through violence, even when acting with the best intentions. Unsure if he can function in a world in which he’s been a lifelong outsider, he seeks comfort in his old ways, but finds much needed kindness in unexpected places. With the utmost patience and compassion, Miwa Nishikawa (protégé of Hirokazu Kore-eda) constructs a redemption melodrama that offers a humanist approach to a flawed soul in need of a second chance. (In Japanese with subtitles) — D.O.
CIFF45 Streams On Demand
Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition
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