Cine Outsider header
front page    disc reviews      film reviews    articles    interviews  
previous
Criterion and Sony announce their December UK Blu-ray titles
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have confirmed the two titles they will be releasing on UK Blu-ray in December, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale and Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums.
review archive
Older news stories have been archived by year and month, most recent first. They can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
  2017 2016
2015 2014 2013
2012 2011 2010
2009 2008 2007
2006 2005 2004
 
Eureka to release Kôji Fukada’s Harmonium in UK cinemas in 2017

13 October 2016

Eureka Entertainment have announced the theatrical release (UK & Ireland) and revealed the UK trailer for Kôji Fukada’s Harmonium.

From the director of Au Revoir L'Ete and Hospitalité, Fukada’s Harmonium is an off-kilter take on that most venerable of Japanese genres — the family drama, which screened to great acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury prize.

Harmonium poster

In this slow-burn Japanese thriller Toshio invites an old acquaintance, Yasaka (just released from prison) to come and live with his family. Toshio lives above the small workshop that he owns with his wife, Akie, and their daughter, Hotaru. It is not clear why Toshio offers Yasaka a job; it doesn’t seem to be out of friendship or goodwill. Akie and Hotaru are wary of the new lodger, but with his persistent charm and goodwill, Yasaka befriends Toshio’s wife Akié and as Yasaka starts teaching their daughter Hotaru to play the harmonium, the family’s fragile domestic bliss is forever altered. Director Kôji Fukada is a master of incremental development, drawing the audience into the unfolding outcome.

"Expertly calibrated to reflect emotional realities … the film’s insights into the isolation evident in the relationships most take for granted – marriages, parent-child connections and long-term friendships – don’t merely hit their targets; they smash them with a sledgehammer." (Screen Daily).

Harmonium is set to receive its UK premiere as part of the first London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) on 24 October 2016, ahead of further screenings as part of the Cambridge Film Festival (27 Oct 2016), Bath Film Festival (7 Nov 2016) and the Leeds International Film Festival (5,8 & 10 Nov 2016), before being released in selected cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) on 5 May 2017.