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34 Ratings



Directed by Shinji Aoyama
Japan, 2013


1988. Toma, seventeen, lives in a town by a river with his father, who is engaged in some shady dealings, and his father’s mistress, Kotoko. He sometimes visits his mother, Jinko, who runs a fish shop.

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Backwater Directed by Shinji Aoyama

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Best Director (Swiss Critics Boccalino Award)

Asian Film Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Newcomer

Kinema Junpo Awards

2014 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actress

2014 | Nominee: Best Film

2013 | Nominee: Best Film

2013 | 2 wins including: Best Screenplay

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