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3.6
271 Ratings

Half-Life in Fukushima

Demi-Vie à Fukushima

Switzerland, France, 2016
Documentary
  • Japanese
  • English, French, German, Spanish

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone. As Naoto wanders through the empty streets of his hometown, he confronts the remnants of a lost society.

Our take

8 years ago today the tragic Fukushima disaster occurred. We commemorate this calamity with a rare visual excavation of the now-abandoned zone, which wanders the ruins with help from one of the city’s natives who ardently remains. A bittersweet immersion into a communal memory of place.

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What are people saying?

  • Gbok's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    This film is a love letter to its protagonist, its world, its texture (seriously, the 16mm film make it almost a tactile experience) and to the cinematic medium in general. This film is a beautiful object crafted by skilled artisans. Like the best artworks, it evokes. It's not a tale, it's the chant of a monk. It doesn't tell you how to feel about something, it simply makes you feel. 4.5: Art

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    An incredible story: One man holding out alone - both catalyst and custodian - in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the evacuated Fukushima red zone. Surreal, abandoned cityscapes, entire architectures of contamination and waste, nature and decay in unmitigated contest... Cinematic gold, squandered. A long, unfulfilling 60 minutes, unnecessarily reliant on obvious & heavyhanded 'artistic' devices. Disappointing. 2.5

  • Grace's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    Photography captures the beauty, tragedy and bleakness in such a devastating environment. The farmer decides to stay in his home within the Radiation Red Zone .. The images of the animals, vegetation and abandoned homes/ lives is poignant. LOVE MUBI for showing this to me

  • Superfrog's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    I'd like to give more as the subject is interesting, the technical aspects fine and the characters good as well. Some scenes are great. I just can't help being pushed away by the rhythm.I still recommend you watch it though.

  • nica's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    Found the subject and the situation endlessly intriguing, while also realizing how inhumane that could sound. I feel the need to know how Mr. Naoto is right now.

  • Mitsunoir's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    福島の映像はいくつか見たことがあるけど、この映像は語りが少ない、よりリアリズムに近いドキュメンタリーと言えるのではないか。興味深いのは映像にセリフが重ねられること。冒頭の波打ち際での震災当時の津波警報の音声は、津波が映し出されるわけではないのに押しては打ち寄せる波という自然の動きとの重なりでその恐怖を感じさせる。そのあとの海のショットは海を自然という一つの物質的対象としてでなく自分との相対的な関係において見てしまった。別の部分でもとにかく感じられるのは寂しさではなく喪失。失われた世界、それがそこにあったことをまざまざと感じさせるあまりにも平凡で人という希望を欠いた光景。

  • Madi Caswell's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    Half-Life In Fukushima has elements from about every other post-apocalyptic film that exists, focusing on a life, or lives, going day to day after a catastrophic event. The film being only 60 minutes long gives a glimpse of a farmer and his father living in Fukushima after the nuclear meltdown in 2011. Beautiful scenes, not much of a story to pay attention to but defiantly worth viewing it in an artistic way.

  • Ludovic72's rating of the film Half-Life in Fukushima

    Malgré le danger, un fermier et son père restent dans la zone contaminée par la catastrophe. Les images sont intéressantes : une ville abandonnée (avec la nature qui reprend ses droits), la plage dévastée par le tsunami, les équipes de décontamination… Associées à divers bruitages, elles rendent compte d'une certaine "poésie de fin du monde". Mais pourquoi aussi peu de commentaires, dialogues et autres précisions ?