Japan Foundation: Under The Open Sky
Queen's Film Theatre and the Japan Foundation present the redemption drama Under the Open Sky (2020).
Mikami Masao (Yakusho Koji), is released from prison after thirteen years for murder. Having no friends or family and no valid skills for work opportunities, he struggles to re-enter society.
Mikami is determined to leave his shadowy past behind him and desires to find his mother, from whom he was separated as a young child. Meanwhile, a television company takes an interest in Mikami, seeking to make a documentary programme based on his life. Tsunoda (Nakano Taiga), a young TV director, approaches Mikami for an interview, and ends up witnessing the ups and downs of Mikami’s relationships with others during his rehabilitation period.
After starting her career as an assistant of Kore-eda Hirokazu, director Nishikawa Miwa has proved to be at the forefront of contemporary Japanese cinema, while veteran actor Yakusho Koji gives a captivating performance.