Eureka Entertainment to release HARMONIUM, Kôji Fukada's subtle, slow-burning thriller steeped in tragedy, as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual-Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 June 2017.
From the director of Au Revoir L'Ete and Hospitalité, Kôji Fukada's Harmonium is an off-kilter take on that most venerable of Japanese genres - the family drama, starring Tadanobu Asano (Silence, Ichi The Killer, Journey to the Shore) which screened to great acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury prize.
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. The trailer's above.