Watch: Sion Sono's 'The Land Of Hope' Final Trailer + Full Film Online
"So what if we're from the disaster area!" If you're a cinephile and have never heard of Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono, you should definitely start watching his films like Love Exposure, Cold Fish or Himizu. Or you can just start here, with The Land Of Hope, a more intimate rural drama and departure from his usual violent style, telling the story of a family of Japanese farmers living near a nuclear reactor damaged after an earthquake in the Nagashima prefecture. This is quite a beautiful trailer, one where it's worth putting on headphones and listening to all the details in addition to seeing the cinematography. From the breathing at the beginning to the emotional score at the end. Best of all, the entire film is out for free on Hulu right now.
Here's the final UK release trailer for Sion Sono's The Land Of Hope, originally posted by Twitch:
If you're interested in watching the full film, it's now available for free on Hulu (only in the United States).
Prolific Japanese director Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Himizu) departs from his usual style for this movingly restrained drama of a rural family's struggle to survive in the aftermath of the Tōhoku earthquake. In the fictional Nagashima prefecture, Yoichi Ono (Jun Murakami) lives a peaceful life with his wife Izumi (Megumi Kagurazaka), and his parents Yasuhiko and Chieko, on the family's small farm. One day, an earthquake disrupts the calm, causing the reactor at a nearby nuclear power plant to explode. Haunted by memories of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Onos are faced with a terrible decision: stay and risk the possibility of radiation poisoning, or leave the home their family has spent generations building. See it here.