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article imageVideo: Japanese movie 'Ieji' trailer

By Can Tran     Feb 19, 2014 in Entertainment
"Ieji" aka "Homeland," a dramatic film set in the aftermath of the Fukushima Disaster, opens in theaters across Japan on March 1. A trailer is available for viewing.
Whenever there is a major event let alone a catastrophic event, you can count on some fictional story being born from it. It can be tasteful or tasteless considering how the story is told. The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, which was caused by the 2011 Tohaku Tsunami Disaster, is by no means an exception. A movie called “Ieji” aka “Homeland,” which hits theaters on March 1st, is one of those examples. This is a realistic drama that focuses on the lives of farmers whose livelihoods have suffered due to the nuclear contamination in part of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.
A trailer is available for viewing.
The movie takes place in the farming town near Fukushima in which protagonist Jiro Sawada returns home from prison, due to being framed for a crime he didn't commit, and trying to rebuild his life. However, there's not much of a life to rebuild all thanks to the radiation. Like the other villagers, Jiro's family which includes his older half-brother Soichi are evacuated to temporary living settlements. Soichi, who lacks Jiro's gardening and farming ability, struggles to keep the family together through these difficult times.
Despite the his family home being abandoned, Jiro decides to remain there anyway instead of relocating to the settlement where his family lives. His return surprises everybody including his mother and half-brother; but, they are even more surprised that Jiro decides to stay and farm the family fields which are contaminated from the Fukushima Plant's radiation.
Ultimately it's a story of reconnecting and rebuilding while dealing with the least ideal circumstances.
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