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Nipponkoku vs Sennan Ishiwata mura

Sennan Asbestos Disaster


(c)Shisso Production

(c)Shisso Production

(c)Shisso Production

(c)Shisso Production

Release Date
March, 10th, 2018
Running Time
215 min
Screening Format
Screening Format with Subtitles
English (DCP, Blu-ray)

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

Shisso Production

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

Shisso Production

[ Story ]

A documentary in which Hara Kazuo, director of The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, covers the eight-year-long court proceedings of a lawsuit against the national government demanding restitutions for wrongful injury from asbestos in the Sennen disctrict of Osaka.
By breathing in asbestos into the lungs, lung cancer and mesothelial tumors develop after a long incubation period. Despite understanding these health hazards, the government prioritized economic development and neglected to enact regulations as well as provide countermeasures. The documentary follows the activities of a team of lawyers who file a lawsuit on such grounds against the government and accompanies the investigation by one citizens' group member, Yuoka Kazuyoshi, whose family managed an asbestos factory, as it records their legal battles.

[ Official Site ]

[ Film Festivals, Awards ]

2017 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Citizens' Prizes
2017 Busan International Film Festival, BIFF Mecenat Award
2017 TOKYO FILMeX, Audience Award
2018 One World Film Festival
2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival
2018 Seoul Independent Documentary Film Festival
2018 Cinema Nova in Belgium screening
2018 Taiwan International Documentary Festival
2018 Shanghai International Film Festival
2018 International Film Festival & Awards. Macao

[ Contact (International) ]

Shisso Production, Inc.
#202, 1-15-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
tel: +81-3-3350-7812
fax: +81-3-5360-1669