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2003

Warabinokou

Warabinokou - To the Bracken Fields

蕨野行(わらびのこう)

Release Date
October, 4th, 2003
Running Time
124 min
Genre
Feature
Color
Color
Screening Format
35mm

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[ Story ]

A poor village in the Tohoku area. The village has a law that states when a resident becomes sixty years old, they must move to the place called Warabino, far away from home. This spring, eight elderly residents leave for Warabino. Ren (Ichihara Etsuko), the mother of the village head, is one of them. Initially they obey the law, but soon after begin to catch birds and animals to survive, though it is strictly forbidden to do so. Furthermore, one old woman tries to preserve some food for her children while the village is in need of a greater supply. Gradually, the seniors succumb to the cold, and collapse one by one. In the end, the remaining two old women face their deaths. Upon being released from the burden of their aging bodies, they become happy and say, "Now I feel light." They start a snowball fight, with their deceased acquaintances joining in the fun.
Directed by master filmmaker Onchi Hideo, To the Bracken Fields was shot in the great nature of Yamagata and took a year to complete.

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