Radiance (Hikari)


Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 8:30 PM
Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 11:30 AM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:101 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Naomi Kawase
Producer:Naoya Kinoshita
Masa Sawada
Yumiko Takebe
Screenwriter:Naomi Kawase
Editor:Tina Baz
Cast:Masatoshi Nagase
Noémie Nakai
Tatsuya Fuji
Note Writer:Lucia Proctor-Bonbright


In award-winning Japanese director Naomi Kawase’s evocative and tender film, Misako (Ayame Misaki), a young woman who creates audio description for movies for the sight-impaired, deals with the disappearance of her father and the slow loss of her mother to dementia. As Misako struggles to communicate through words the intricacies and nuances of a film while still leaving room for the audience’s imagination, she meets Mr. Nakamori (Masatoshi Nagase), a famous photographer who has lost his vision. Together, the pair must learn to see past the fog of grief for what they have lost and acknowledge the radiance of what can still be found. This delicately crafted film is as audibly stimulating as it is visually stunning, filled with complex soundscapes and luminous landscapes, submerging the viewer completely in Kawase’s poetic world. Radiance won the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
In association with the Center for Asian American Media