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Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Haha to Kuraseba) has been selected as Japan’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar.
This will be the fifth time the 84-year-old director has represented Japan, beginning in 1986 with Final Take. Only his period drama The Twilight Samurai (2003), part of a samurai trilogy, made the short list.
Produced by Shochiku, which the director has worked with throughout his career, the film tells the story of woman whose son was killed in the Nagasaki atomic bombing in 1945 but who appears to her and reminisces about their happy times together. Yamada, known for his long-running Tora-san series about an itinerant salesman, has tackled the war and family in his later films.
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son was released in Japan in December 2015.
Japan last won the foreign-language Oscar in 2008 with Yojiro Takita’s Departures.
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