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‘Kibo no Kuni (The Land of Hope)’

by Mark Schilling

Director: Sion Sono

Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

On Aug. 26, Third Window Films of the U.K. released a DVD and Blu-ray of “Kibo no Kuni (The Land of Hope),” Sion Sono’s drama about two families caught up in a near-future nuclear catastrophe that eerily resembles Fukushima’s. Shot with Sono’s usual love of extremes, including over-the-top emotional meltdowns, the film nonetheless offer a chilling view into a Kafka-esque, all-too-familiar world. It comes backed with a 70-minute documentary.