Tohoku Movie Night: Reunion
Dir. Ryoichi Kimizuka
2012, 105 min.
**Viewers are strongly cautioned that this film depicts disaster scenes and death.**
â€œI dreaded finding my motherâ€™s body, lying alone on the cold ground among strangers,â€ Mrs. Arai, 36, said. â€œWhen I saw her peaceful, clean face, I knew someone had taken care of her until I arrived. That saved me.â€
-"Japan Finds Story of Hope in Undertaker Who Offered Calm Amid Disaster" by Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, March 10, 2012
Reunion, based on true events, is the unsentimental yet deeply moving account of retired undertaker Atsushi Chiba's efforts to bring dignity to the thousands of tsunami victims in Kamaishi, Iwate. Appalled at the condition of the dirty and distorted corpses, he lends his services to preparing the dead for presentation to their survivors.
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