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A family with two young boy and two parents eat a Japanese meal together, sitting at a low table. One of the boys is laughing.

Sabakan (サバカン)

Duration: 1h36m
Dates: Sun 3 Mar 2024

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In 1986, Hisada (Ichiro Banka), a young boy surrounded by a loving family in a small village in Nagasaki, befriends fellow fifth-grader Kenji (Konosuke Harada), who is shunned by others due to his family’s poverty. The boys embark on an adventure to Boomerang Island, where they hope to bear witness to a pod of dolphins reported to be in the area. The journey deepens their friendship and gives them a summer holiday to remember. Not long after their return, however, a heartbreaking event puts their ongoing friendship in peril… 

Reminiscent of Rob Reiner’s Stand by Me, Sabakan marks Tomoki Kanazawa’s directorial debut. Set amongst the beautiful, peaceful landscapes of Nagasaki, Kanazawa’s hometown, this heartwarming tale is teeming with nostalgia for the excitement of childhood and filled with heaps of authentic 1980s Japanese culture.

Screening as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024, exploring the theme Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema.

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