Mohican Comes Home
Japan Touring Foundation + Q&A With Director
Wed 08 Feb 2017
Director: Shuichi Okita
Starring: Ryuhei Matsuda, Atsuko Maeda, Akira Emoto
Japan, 124 mins, 2016, subtitled
Metal-head Eikichi leaves his struggling music career to return to his family in a small island village off the coast of Shikoku. Sporting a mohawk, he comes home for the first time in seven years to introduce his clueless Tokyoite girlfriend to his family. In the process, Eikichi also announces that theyre expecting a child. The news leaves Osamu, Eikichis dad, livid with anger. However, hes secretly delighted and immediately invites the townspeople to celebrate his sons homecoming and surprise engagement.
Merrymaking soon turns into tragedy as Osamu is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The events that follow are a blend of hilarity and tragedy as Osamu comes to terms with his condition, and the father and son patch up old wounds through a shared love for music.
A masterful intersection of comedy and drama depicting a slice of life that leaves the heart as breezy and warm as the island air.
Shuichi Okita’s fourth pic continues his knack for sketching life in isolated outposts
Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Airlines, the Japan Centre and Sake Samurai.