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The Harimaya Bridge (2009)

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After the sudden death of his estranged son in rural Japan, an American man must go there to claim some important family items. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind.

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Aaron Woolfolk

Writer:

Aaron Woolfolk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bennet Guillory ... Daniel Holder
Saki Takaoka ... Noriko Kubo
Misa Shimizu ... Yuiko Hara
Danny Glover ... Joseph Holder
Victor Grant Victor Grant ... Mickey Holder
Sakura Thomas Sakura Thomas ... Mariya
Misono ... Saita Nakayama
Hajime Yamazaki ... Kunji Inoue
Miho Shiraishi ... Kayo Takeuchi
Honoka Ishibashi Honoka Ishibashi ... Emi Osaki (as Honoka)
Yukiko Kashiwagi Yukiko Kashiwagi ... Ms. Kubo
Toshiyuki Kitami Toshiyuki Kitami ... Mr. Kubo
Peter Coyote ... Albert Tunney
A'da Alison Woolfolk ... Lindsey Holder
Junkichi Orimoto Junkichi Orimoto ... Tomoki Shide
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After the sudden death of his estranged son in rural Japan, an American man must go there to claim some important family items. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind.

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Genres:

Drama

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 June 2009 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Harimaya-bashi See more »

Filming Locations:

Kochi, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,226, 14 March 2010

Gross USA:

$54,473

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,473
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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The characters Mariya and Kayo Takeuchi were named after Japanese singer and songwriter Mariya Takeuchi, one of Writer and Director Aaron Woolfolk's favorite singers. See more »

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Choices, Love, and Life.
20 April 2011 | by aleedsboySee all my reviews

"The Harimaya Bridge" is an exceptionally well-conceived, impeccably written and brilliantly directed piece of cinematic excellence.

At the core, "The Harimaya Bridge" is about choices, impact and love.

There are many things to appreciate (and learn from) about this film; from the directing, to the cinematography, to the writing.

Writer-director-producer Aaron Woolfolk's direction and keen eye for dialogue reminds me of John Sayles' masterpiece "Lonestar."

"The Harimaya Bridge" is incredibly smart and sharply-written with just the proper amount of precision required without being superfluous.

Mr. Woolfolk has also produced a picture-perfect and stellar cast.

What's witnessed, is a birds-eye view of everyday people, in everyday life, and how they cope with its travels and travails.

Like a fine piece of Egyptian fabric, Mr. Woolfolk has carefully interwoven the story lines at a steady pace that kept me extremely interested - so much so that when it was over, I wanted more.

Any student of writing, directing or producing will appreciate this film and, like myself, will use it as a guideline and blueprint for what future directors (and writers) should (and need) to aspire to.


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