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.
The music is so bad I can't even sit through the trailer
S freud on Aug 15, 2013
Japanese trailers are usually pretty bad for us westerners, they have a completely different editing style, I wouldn't base my judgment on the trailer alone!
Davide Perretta on Aug 17, 2013
I'm not talking about the editing, or cultural sensibilities, I'm talking about that sentimental symphonic score,--which is soundly western btw.
S freud on Aug 19, 2013
Love Exposure is easily one of the greatest Japanese films ever made. This looks incredible, will definitely be watching asap.
Matt Stuertz on Aug 15, 2013
I was so looking forward in seeing this movie at Stockholm Filmfestival since I had been reading a lot about Fukushima and the effect it had on people around the area. Unfortunately it turned out to be one of the worst japanese films I have ever seen. Filled with clichées, bad storytelling, and bad acting. You never felt for the characters at all and it made me looking at my watch a few times. I would have walked out of the cinema if I weren't with a group of friends at that time.
Nathalie Cantacuzino on Aug 16, 2013
Love him! Very excited to see he's getting international acclaim. I've seen most of his films and they're all great and I can't wait to see Why Don't You Play in Hell?
Davide Perretta on Aug 17, 2013
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