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Born Bone Born


Life is hard, but you are not alone.
Takashi comes back to his hometown in Aguni Island, Okinawa for his mother’s senkotsu. His father Nobutsuna is living alone like a dead after his wife’s death. Takashi blames Nobutsuna for the mother’s death, since she worked a lot to pay the debt for the Nobutsuna’s company. Takashi’s sister Yuko who lives in Nagoya also comes back, but to everyone’s surprise, she is 9 months of pregnancy. Takashi cannot accept Yuko’s freewheelingness. The family is filled with the awkward mood while the day of the mother’s senkotsu is approaching…

Senkotsu – an Okinawan local ritual which is, nowadays, pursued only in some islands of west Okinawa such as Aguni Island. The dead body aerially buried is taken out from the tomb after all the flesh is gone, and by being cleaned by his/her close relatives, the bone is again buried in the tomb and the soul could finally leave “this world”.

Director: Toshiyuki TERUYA
Cast: Eiji OKUDA/ Michitaka TSUTSUI/ Ayame MISAKI
Japanese title: 洗骨
Japanese Theatrical Release: February 9th, 2019

Film Festivals
- Okinawa International Movie Festival (2018)
- Moscow International Film Festival (2018)
- Shanghai International Film Festival (2018)
- Japan Cuts! (2018) *Audience Award
- Japanese Film Festival (Malaysia/2018)
- Hawaii International Film Festival (2018)
- Jeju Film Festival (2018) *Closing Film
- CinemAsia (2019) *Jury Special Mention
- Japanese Film Festival Ireland (2019)
- GINMAKU Japanese Film Festival (2019)
- Toronto Japanese Film Festival (2019) *Grand Jury Prize for Best Film
- Film by the Sea (2019)
- Australia Japanese Film Festival (2019)
- Five Flavours Asian Film Festival (2019) *Closing Film
- Online Japanese Film Festival (Guam) (2020-2021)
- Australia Japanese Film Festival Satellite (2021)

Director's Filmography
2009 Minami no Shima no furimun (Furimun of the South Island)