Peace

Peace

Peace

2010, Japan/USA/South Korea, 75' & 53', Kazuhiro Soda

2010, Japan/USA/South Korea, 75' & 53', Kazuhiro Soda

Peace

Synopsis

What is peace? What is coexistence? And what are the bases for them?

PEACE is a visual-essay-like observational documentary, which contemplates these questions by observing the daily lives of people and cats in Okayama city, Japan, where life and death, acceptance and rejection are intermingled.

Three people and stray cats are the main characters.

Toshio Kashiwagi runs an affordable taxi service for the disabled and the elderly, having retired as a principal at a special school. Meanwhile, he feeds a group of stray cats everyday. However, there is a growing tension in the cats’ peaceful community because a male “thief cat,” an outsider, is trying to invade it.

Toshio’s wife, Hiroko Kashiwagi, runs a non-profit organization, which sends home helpers to houses of the elderly and the disabled. But, her organization is facing financial difficulties because of budget cuts from the government. At home, she has been grumbling about the way Toshio feeds his cats.

As a professional caregiver herself, Hiroko regularly visits 91-year-old Shiro Hashimoto to help his daily routines. Living in a mice and tick infected small apartment, Hashimoto is spending his final days thinking about his own death. His memories of being drafted to World War II come back to him while dealing with Hiroko.

  • Opening Film - DMZ Korean Int. Documentary Festival 2010, Audience Award - Tokyo Filmex 2010, Best Documentary Award - Hong Kong Int. Film Festival 2011, Buyens-Chagoll Award - Visions du Reel 2011, Sheffield Film Festival 2011, MoMA Documentary Fortnight 2011, San Francisco Asian American Festival 2011, BAFICI 2011, Red Carpet 2011, "Saratov Sufferings" Docu Drama Film Festival 2011, Buddhist Film Festival 2011, International Documentary Encounters 2011, Watch Docs Festival 2011