Yoichi Higashi has accumulated a long list of honors in a four-decade career, including a Silver Bear at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival for his childhood drama “E no Naka no Boku no Mura (Village of Dreams).” But compared with certain other Japanese directors of his generation, his overseas profile is not high.

For one thing, Higashi has not been prolific, directing only 20 films, including his latest, “Yoi ga Sametara Uchi ni Kaero (Wandering Home),” a fictionalized biopic of an alcoholic photographer.

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