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The Lone Ume Tree (PG) + Introduction from Wajima Kotaro

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Part of: The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 / What Lies Beneath: The Intricate Representations of a ‘Dark Mind’ in Japanese Cinema.

Reaching middle-age, Tadao (Tsukaji Muga) has always lived at home with his fortune-teller single mother Tamako (Kaga Mariko), owing to his autism. Attending local community workshops and pursuing his love of horses is the only life he knows. Tamako, who raised Tadao almost single-handedly, is now worried about what his future holds after her death and decides to send Tadao to a group home for disabled residents so he can live independently. However, his transition into a new life is not as smooth as she had hoped.

With disability rarely represented in mainstream media, director Wajima Kotaro captures the strength and vitality of a mother and her disabled son with great sensitivity and notes of humour, while also not shying away from the problems, prejudices and conflicts faced by disadvantaged people and their families in Japan.

This screening will be preceded by a recorded introduction from director Wajima Kotaro.

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