In a typical Japanese village, Yoichi Ono lives with his wife, Izumi and his parents. The Ono family lives a frugal but happy life as dairy farmers in the peaceful village. One day, the worst earthquake in history strikes, causing a nearby nuclear power station to explode. Their neighbours, who live within the range of the nuclear power station, are forcibly ordered by the government to evacuate. But the Ono family, whose property sits half in and half out of the designated range, must decide whether or not to leave their home. –TIFF
Sion Sono (園 子温 Sono Shion, born 1961) is a controversial filmmaker and poet. He was born in Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan and is best known for his movies and avant-garde poetry performances.
After receiving a fellowship with the PIA, Sono made his first feature-length 16 mm film in 1990, Bicycle Sighs (Jitensha Toiki), which he co-wrote, directed, and starred himself. A coming-of-age tale about two underachievers in the perfectionist Japan, Bicycle Sighs settled Sono as a director with great box office success in Japan, and for nearly two years was played over 30 film festivals around Europe and Asia. In 1992, Sono’s second feature film The Room (Heya), also written by himself, a bizarre tale about a serial killer looking for a room in a bleak, doomed Tokyo district, participated at the Tokyo Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize. The Room also toured on 49 festivals worldwide, including the Berlin Film Festival and… read more
as a family value story from a director that has built a career over balsphemy and aggression on japanese family dynamics, land of hope is just one of the worst movie of the year. if you forget that sion sono is involved in it, the movie just becomes a tender /pretty standard) japanese story with a couple of highlights dragged down by predicatory tone and boring stuff.
The father is a stubborn SOB whose reason for staying is borderline silly especially seeing the outcome of his "bravery"; theres a 180 turn with the mother' after the big reveal and starts hamming up like "Forrest Gump" x 10 out of nowhere. Most importantly, there's no sense of time passing by-- which is instrumental to this story to make us feel for them. Almost every shot of this 2hr+ bloated mess is of broad daylight.