Theatrical release: ‘Shadow of Fire’

By   |  Feb 1, 2024

The Japan Foundation are bringing the 2023 Japanese war drama ‘Shadow of Fire’ (ほかげ) to select UK cinemas throughout February 2024.

Written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto, the film revolves around a war orphan who is confronted with the struggles of people living in the immediate aftermath of WWII. The cast includes Ouga Tsukao, Shuri, Mirai Moriyama, Hiroki Kono, and Go Riju.

Synopsis: Amid the scorching aftermath of World War II, Tokyo lies in ruins, and its survivors grapple with unimaginable challenges. In this unforgiving reality, a young war orphan (Ouga Tsukao) sneaks into a local tavern-turned-brothel, where a destitute woman (Shuri) sells her body to make a living. Soon, their interaction ignites a faint glimmer of hope. They all need to survive, including the small child, by making ends meet. The woman begs the orphan boy not to steal or involve himself in dangerous business, but one day, he decides to follow a vendor (Mirai Moriyama) with dark intentions…

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