Passage of Life
Having fled their home country of Myanmar, Issac and Khine share a modest but happy home in Japan with their two kids, 7-year-old Kaung and 4-year-old Htet. But with their refugee status being repeatedly denied, the insecurity takes a toll on the family and Khine eventually decides to go back home with the kids. In Myanmar, however, the life remains far from ideal - particularly for Kaung who struggles quietly being away from his father and feeling hopelessly alienated. With amazing performance by untrained actors who are real-life family, the film tells the strained reality of a refugee family through sympathetic eyes.
( 100 min. )
Available Worldwide excluding Asia
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Fujimoto’s poignant and deeply moving film will connect with viewers everywhere and looks certain to enjoy a lengthy festival run at the very least. // Untrained child actor Kaung is simply amazing in expressing not just the sadness of a boy who’s been separated from his father, but the utter bewilderment of a child who considers himself to be Japanese and cannot relate to anyone or anything in Myanmar.Read full article
Passage Of Life is a narrative that thrives on the human depiction of a refugee family trying the secure a future, while subtly problematizing the inhumanity and the inadequacy of the letter of the Japanese immigration policies. It is by evoking this divide – humanity versus inhumanity – that the narrative, supported by some very natural performances, is able to be so moving and touching.Read full article
SCENE COMMENTARY (exclusively available with rental/purchase)14m
The director Akio Fujimoto shares an insightful story about one of the key scenes in PASSAGE OF LIFE. [14 min.]
SCENE COMMENTARY (also available on YouTube)9m
The director Akio Fujimoto shares a fun behind-the-scene story of the filming of PASSAGE OF LIFE. [9 min.]
I am grateful that this film is now widely shared beyond borders. I hope that the fragments of time spent with a Myanmar family depicted in this film will provide a viewing experience that will allow viewers to reconfirm their own beloved place in the world. I also hope that our prayers will spread to Myanmar, which continues to face unprecedented circumstances due to the country's political difficulties.