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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 ?