Newport Beach Higashi Honganji Film Festival
Saturday October. 5 , 2019 Free Screenings
Oct.5 1 pm
(78min Documentary) FREE SCREENING
Eight years have passed since the Tsunami hit the northern part of Japan’s coast in 2011. More than 20 thousand people lost their lives, and many others are still missing. As time went by the families of the victims abandoned all hope and stopped looking for their loved ones. However, this is the story of two men that are still fully committed to their respective searching activities. Even though their backgrounds are extremely different, both share a strong force of will and firmly wish to keep alive the memories of the ones that went missing. Perseverance is what pushed an ex-convict to look for redemption by helping the victims’ families to find the remains of their loved ones, and perseverance is what brought a bus driver to start to dive in order to search for his wife.
Oct. 5 3pm
This is a tale of three families on a remote island. A foreign couple who end up staying at an old inn; a man comes back to the island to abduct his own son despite being a fugitive on the run; and a stepfather and his stepdaughter who have been left behind by the wife who took off with her lover. It is the story of these threefamilies, and their awkward attempts at seeking love. Hardened hearts are eventually softened by both the natural surroundings and the kind people of the beautiful Kerama Islands.