Soko Nomi nite Hikari Kagayaku (The Light Shines Only There)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Mipo Oh
Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

Based on Yasushi Sato’s novel about two lost souls who find each other in a gritty Hokkaido port, this romantic drama has deservedly been named as Japan’s nominee for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. With a stark honesty and unsentimental compassion, Oh illuminates the troubled lives and turbulent relationship between her two leads, played by Chizuru Ikewaki and Masaki Suda.