JAPAN - VIETNAM | 2020 | Color | Drama | 88min 

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海辺の彼女たち / UMIBE NO KANOJOTACHI
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DCP | Vietnamese & Japanese | 24 fps | 1.85:1 | Dolby 5.1

 SYNOPSIS 

ALONG THE SEA follows three Vietnamese women in their early 20s, PHUONG, AN, and NHU. They moved to Japan to work as technical trainees. As they decide to escape their work place, where their passports have been confiscated, they are now illegal migrants in the country. A broker, based in a quiet fishermen village, helps them to find a shelter and a new job in a small fish factory. With their doubled salary, comes also a fisherman's ice-covered hut where they live together. As they begin their new life, PHUONG starts being sick and suffers severe stomach pains. When AN and NHU take her to a hospital, unable to show any ID card, they are refused admission. PHUONG decides to search for how to get fake documents.

 FESTIVALS, selective list 

- San Sebastian FF 2020

          New Directors Competition

- Tokyo IFF 2020

          World Focus Section

- Cairo IFF 2020

          International Panorama

- Fajr IFF 2021

          Competition East Vista 

- Shanghai IFF 2021

          Panorama

- Hawaii IFF 2021

          Nominated for Kau Ka Hoku Award

- Vesoul AFF 2022

          International Competition

 AWARDS 

- Cairo IFF 2020

            Award for Best Film dealing with

            Human Trafficking Issues

- Nippon Connection Film Festival, Germany 2021

            Nippon Vision Jury Award

 

- Shindo Kaneto Awards

             Gold Prize

- Vesoul AFF 2022

             Grand Jury Prize

             Prize of The Jury Critics

             Inalco Jury Prize

 CAST & CREDITS 

Script

DoP

Editing

Cast

Sound Design

Associate Producer  Sound Recordist

Colorist

Producer

Production

 

Production support

Support of 

In cooperation with

 

International Sales

Akio FUJIMOTO

Kentaro KISHI

Akio FUJIMOTO

HOANG Phuong as Phuong
HUYNH Tuyet Anh as An
QUYNH Nhu as Nhu
DINH Do as Broker
Aya UTSUNO as Doctor
Youki YAEI

Yuki KITAGAWA

Keefar

Takamitsu HOSHIKO

Kazutaka WATANABE

Josh LEVY / NGUYEN Le Hang

E.x.N K.K.

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Allen co., Ltd.

Japan-Asean Center

Japan Vietnam Mutual Support Association

Sotogahama Town (Aomori Pref)

Tairadate Tourism Association

Japan Myanmar Media Culture Association

Asian Shadows

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 PRESS REVIEWS 

"Fujimoto crafts an austerely beautiful poem to the courage and determination of his heroines, making their fate vitally important to the viewer."

-- The Hollywood Reporter


"A realistic, meaningful, and at the same time strangely beautiful film that emerges as one of the best of the year."

-- Asian Movie Pulse


Sisterhood is key in this film where Fujimoto dignifies his characters without any narrative traps. The last part, with a slower tempo and centered in one of the three young women, achieves to focus on what other films look from afar, the loneliness and the inner fear of the character without underlining it or moralising."

-- Alvaro DE LUNA, Espinof