Rebirth

©2011 REBIRTH FILM PARTNERS

Introduction

September, 1989. A mother and daughter are waiting for the ferry at the deserted boarding dock in the morning. Several police officers appear to the scene. After exchanging a few words with the mother, the police arrests her and prevents her from running over to her daughter. The daughter is so anxious and afraid at being suddenly separated from her mother that she is stunned into silence. The mother turns toward her daughter and called out something...

Back in February, 1985. Kiwako Nonomiya had snuck into the home of Takehiro Akiyama, with whom she'd had an affair with. Takehiro and his wife, Etsuko, had a 6-month old baby named Erina.

Kiwako instinctively picked up the baby and kidnapped her. Following this incident, Kiwako moved endlessly throughout Japan while raising Erina as if she was her own daughter. She loved the baby as if it was truly her own, and gave the baby the name that Takehiro had previously chosen, "Kaoru". Staying with a friend, living in evicted apartments, nad staying at a dubious religious sect "Angel Home", Kiwako had kept on the move to evade the pursuing police. It was a full four years later when she was finally arrested at the harbor on the island of Shodoshima.

 

 

Rebirth

©2011 REBIRTH FILM PARTNERS

Introduction

September, 1989. A mother and daughter are waiting for the ferry at the deserted boarding dock in the morning. Several police officers appear to the scene. After exchanging a few words with the mother, the police arrests her and prevents her from running over to her daughter. The daughter is so anxious and afraid at being suddenly separated from her mother that she is stunned into silence. The mother turns toward her daughter and called out something...

Back in February, 1985. Kiwako Nonomiya had snuck into the home of Takehiro Akiyama, with whom she'd had an affair with. Takehiro and his wife, Etsuko, had a 6-month old baby named Erina.

Kiwako instinctively picked up the baby and kidnapped her. Following this incident, Kiwako moved endlessly throughout Japan while raising Erina as if she was her own daughter. She loved the baby as if it was truly her own, and gave the baby the name that Takehiro had previously chosen, "Kaoru". Staying with a friend, living in evicted apartments, nad staying at a dubious religious sect "Angel Home", Kiwako had kept on the move to evade the pursuing police. It was a full four years later when she was finally arrested at the harbor on the island of Shodoshima.

 

 

Rebirth

©2011 REBIRTH FILM PARTNERS

Introduction

September, 1989. A mother and daughter are waiting for the ferry at the deserted boarding dock in the morning. Several police officers appear to the scene. After exchanging a few words with the mother, the police arrests her and prevents her from running over to her daughter. The daughter is so anxious and afraid at being suddenly separated from her mother that she is stunned into silence. The mother turns toward her daughter and called out something...

Back in February, 1985. Kiwako Nonomiya had snuck into the home of Takehiro Akiyama, with whom she'd had an affair with. Takehiro and his wife, Etsuko, had a 6-month old baby named Erina.

Kiwako instinctively picked up the baby and kidnapped her. Following this incident, Kiwako moved endlessly throughout Japan while raising Erina as if she was her own daughter. She loved the baby as if it was truly her own, and gave the baby the name that Takehiro had previously chosen, "Kaoru". Staying with a friend, living in evicted apartments, nad staying at a dubious religious sect "Angel Home", Kiwako had kept on the move to evade the pursuing police. It was a full four years later when she was finally arrested at the harbor on the island of Shodoshima.

 

 

Twenty years pass. The fully-grown Erina is now a university student, working part-time and living alone in Tokyo. The crime that Kiwako had commited and the infidelity of Takehiro had both been fully exploited by the mass meda, tearing the family apart.
Erina despises her father for the irresponsible attitude that had brought about so much misfortune, and she hates Kiwako for depriving her of a 'normal' life. But in reality, Erina too is now carrying on a sleazy affair with a married man named Kishida...


One day a woman who had formerly resided at the same "Angel Home" facility as Erina, Chigusa Ando, paid a visit to Erina. Chigusa had been gathering information about what the "Angel Home" they had lived in had actually been like, and had been interviewing former residents for a book that she had written. She had also mentioned a desire to write her next book about hte incident that Erina had been caught up in. Erina had never told anyoune about that experience, keeping it locked deep within her. What did she think about it? How did she deal it? What did it feel like? How did she manage to getthrough life? Reuniting with Chigusa forces Erina to face her past...


Erina becomes aware that ishe is pregnant with the child of Kishida. She is determined to give birth to the child on her own, and informs Kishida that she is leaving. Under the guidance of Chigusa, she begins the journey of exploring her own roots. While traveling from the harbor at Okayama to the island of Shodoshima, the scenic beauty of the island gradually unfolded before her eyes. It brought back memories of the love that Kiwako had shown her, a love that she had tried for so long to forget. And that love will in turn transform into a new love for the new life that is coming...

Awards

2011 (66th) Mainichi Film Awards - January 18, 2012
Best Supporting Actress ("Hiromi Nagasaku")
2011 (54th) Blue Ribbon Awards - January 24, 2012 Best Actress ("Hiromi Nagasaku")

2012 (7th) Osaka Cinema Festival - March 4, 2012 Best Music (Goro Yasukawa)
2012 (35th) Japan Academy Prize - March 2, 2012 Picture of the Year
Director of the Year

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Mao Inoue) Outstanding P erformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Hiromi Nagasaku) Best Screenplay
Outstanding Achievement in Music
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing

Awards

2011 (66th) Mainichi Film Awards - January 18, 2012
Best Supporting Actress ("Hiromi Nagasaku")
2011 (54th) Blue Ribbon Awards - January 24, 2012 Best Actress ("Hiromi Nagasaku")
2012 (7th) Osaka Cinema Festival - March 4, 2012 Best Music (Goro Yasukawa)
2012 (35th) Japan Academy Prize - March 2, 2012 Picture of the Year
Director of the Year
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Mao Inoue) Outstanding P erformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Hiromi Nagasaku) Best Screenplay
Outstanding Achievement in Music
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing