Moe no suzaku
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Moe no suzaku
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Naomi Kawase makes her feature debut with the understated family drama set in the mountains of rural Nara prefecture. The film centers on the Tahara family who eke out a living -- much like their ancestors -- from the local ancient cedar forests. Living in a gorgeous old traditional abode, the household consists of patrician Kyoso (Jun Kunimura); his wife; his mother; his three-year-old daughter, Michiru; and 11-year old Eisuke, who is the son of Kyoso's sister. When Kyoso's scheme of reviving the village's slumping economy -- the building of a… More