Kôji Fukada's HARMONIUM Coming to UK Cinemas - Watch the Trailer
Eureka Entertainment has announced plans to release Kôji Fukada’s Harmonium in UK cinemas on 5 May 2017, following a string of festival engagements beginning with its UK premiere at the first London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) on 24 October 2016. Other bookings include the Cambridge Film Festival (27 Oct 2016), Bath Film Festival (7 Nov 2016) and the Leeds International Film Festival (5,8 & 10 Nov 2016).
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Harmonium is an off-kilter take on the venerable Japanese family drama, from the director of Au Revoir L'Ete and Hospitalité, starring Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi and Taiga.
Following its theatrical run, Harmonium will be released on Blu-ray as part of Eureka’s Masters of Cinema series.
In this slow-burn Japanese thriller Toshio invites an old acquaintance, Yasaka (just released from prison) to come and live with his family. Toshio lives above the small workshop that he owns with his wife, Akie, and their daughter, Hotaru. It is not clear why Toshio offers Yasaka a job; it doesn’t seem to be out of friendship or goodwill. Akie and Hotaru are wary of the new lodger, but with his persistent charm and goodwill, Yasaka befriends Toshio’s wife Akié and as Yasaka starts teaching their daughter Hotaru to play the harmonium, the family’s fragile domestic bliss is forever altered. Director Kôji Fukada is a master of incremental development, drawing the audience into the unfolding outcome.
Eureka has created a brand new trailer for the film, check it out below: