Yumiko is troubled by the notion that she brings death to people close to her. Following the loss of her grandmother and husband, she remarries and begins to find happiness anew. But on a return to her old home for her brother’s wedding, a flood of troubling memories begins to haunt her.
The debut fiction feature from the Palme d’Or-winning director of Shoplifters,Hirokazu Koreeda, Maborosi is an exquisite meditation on uncertainty and coming to terms with the past, which garnered awards at the Venice Film Festival and brought both the director and cinematographer Masao Nakabori to international stardom.
"Quietly devastating…profoundly moving" Time Out
"An essential work of modern Japanese cinema" Village
Birthplace (2003, 30 mins): Makiko Esumi takes the viewer on a tour of the locations of Maborosi in this short film featuring behind-the-scenes stills and onset footage
Audio commentary by filmmaker and writer Jasper Sharp (2019)
Re-issue trailer (2019): produced for the BFI’s 2019 re-release of Maborosi
Flesh and Blood Trailer (2019): trailer specially produced for the BFI Southbank retrospective of the cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda