• Kyodo


A film about an elderly man’s struggle following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters received a top award in the documentary category at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival on Tuesday, said its director, Kaoru Ikeya.

“Senzoninaru” (“Becoming an Ancestor”), with the English title “Roots,” follows the postquake life of Naoshi Sato, 79, until he eventually succeeds in rebuilding his home, half of which was destroyed in the disasters. Sato, a resident of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, lost his son in the tsunami.

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