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15 Ratings


Yôkame no semi

Directed by Izuru Narushima
Japan, 2011


After the collapse of their relationship, Kiwako abducts the 6-month old child of a man she was having an affair with. Raising the child as her own, it is four years before the authorities catch up with her and the young child.

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Rebirth Directed by Izuru Narushima

Awards & Festivals

Kinema Junpo Awards

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Awards of the Japanese Academy

2012 | 10 wins including: Best Film

2012 | 3 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

2011 | Nominee: Rookie of the Year

What are people saying?

  • C҉ă҉t҉ă҉l҉i҉n҉'s rating of the film Rebirth

    My friends were floored by this and ate all my chocolate candy supplies :( I guess that is the default reaction of anybody who discovers for the first time that Japanese cinema is so much more than Takashi Miike, samurai, and ghost stories. It's good, but it felt too much like a Dardenne bros flick for me to take it seriously as a piece of art. I prefer to get my dose of vicarious life struggle from BBC Two specials.

  • atartinia's rating of the film Rebirth

    Rebirth is certainly a very complex film that raises all sorts of uncomfortable moral questions from the nature of motherhood to the treatment of the women of society, yet is a well-crafted and honest narrative that doesn’t provide any simple solutions to the dilemmas these characters face.

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