This contemporary love story is set in the ancient Japanese capital of Nara, where director Kawase was raised. More than a simple tale of the meeting of two people, the film examines the ways in which relationships are created and broken and how they define our sense of place in history and society. Beset by countless obstacles, a potter and a stripper attempt to overcome the waves of turmoil surrounding them and reset their lives in a direction of their creation. Kawase invested Hotaru with much of the substance of her own life, creating a complex but ultimately optimistic film about the necessity of union overcoming isolation. 2000, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 35mm, color, 164 minutes.
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