‘The Moon’ (2023) – A Story of Empathy and Courage

‘The Moon’ (2023) - A Story of Empathy and Courage

Adapted from Yo Hemmi’s novel “Tsuki,” “The Moon” is an upcoming Japanese film that follows a former writer who discovers meaning through making connections and overcoming neglect. From the direction of Yuya Ishii, the movie stars Rie Miyazawa, Fumi Nikaido, and Hayato Isomura.

Based on an actual tale in which 19 people were slain in a Japanese nursing home. A film that makes you think about what it means to be human.

Movie Synopsis

In Yuya Ishii’s film “The Moon,” a once-famous writer named Yoko Dojima (Rie Miyazawa) resides peacefully with her husband Shohei (Joe Odagiri). They spend quiet, humble days together.  Yoko enrolls in an institution for severely disabled people located deep within a forest, where she meets Sato (Hayato Isomura) and Yoko (Fumi Nikaido). While working there, Yoko Dojima develops sympathy for Ki-chan, a facility resident born on the same day and year as her. Yoko Dojima and resident Ki-chan become closer because they have the same birthday. Yoko Dojima observes other employees treating the facility’s inhabitants rudely or even brutally. Sato’s sense of justice grows as he observes neglect, which leads to a fateful day.

Genre: Suspense Drama | 2023 | Color | 144 min.
Director: Yuya ISHII (Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue)
Starring: Rie MIYAZAWA (宮沢りえ), Fumi NIKAIDO (二階堂ふみ), Joe ODAGIRI (オダギリジョー)
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Japanese release date: October 13, 2023

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