Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura
(DESTINY Kamakura Monogatari, DESTINY 鎌倉ものがたり)
Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 129 mins
Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Cast: Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Soon after tying the knot with mystery author Masakazu Isshiki (Masato Sakai), young bride Akiko (Mitsuki Takahata) finds her new life in old-town Kamakura is steeped in legend as frequent encounters with supernatural creatures become her everyday normalcy. However, upon waking one day, Masakazu discovers that his new bride has been spirited away, seemingly having departed for the afterworld. Resonant of Japanese mythology, Masakazu embarks on an epic journey to the other side to bring her back and meet his destiny –but will he succeed?
Takashi Yamazaki offers an offbeat narrative where lore and reality are spun together in this extravagant live-action adaptation of Ryohei Saigan’s fantasy manga, stylised in a distinctively Hollywood mode.
“A charming love story set inside a storybook version of Japan.” – The Reel Bits
“In combination with the CGI, the setting produces an almost non-fictional place that could exist: a “Spirited Away” (2001) mixed with “Monster Hunt” (2015).” – Asian Movie Pulse
With thanks to Major Sponsors JAL, Yakult, Sasakawa and Sponsors in Kind Japan Centre, Okinawa Film Office.
Image: Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura © 2017 “DESTINY: The Tale of Kamakura” Film Partners