Director wishes Japan could recover all lost in quake

20th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda said Tuesday if he was granted one wish it would be that his country would "recover everything" lost in March's earthquake and tsunami.

Japan was struck by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11 which left 20,000 people dead or missing and sparked the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

The towering wall of water battered cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 220 kilometres (135 miles) northeast of Tokyo, triggering reactor meltdowns and spewing radiation into the environment.

"In our daily lives there are important things that we sometimes forget, that we miss and do not realise their importance," Koreeda said at the showing of his film "I Wish" at the San Sebastian film festival.

"In March the earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused many people to lose these things. My wish is that we could recover everything we lost in March," the 49-year-old added when asked what he would request if granted one wish.

"I Wish", one of 16 films in the official selection for the Golden Shell prize at the San Sebastian festival which wraps up on Saturday, tells the story of two young brothers who live in different cities because of their parents' divorce and dream of reuniting.

They believe that if they make a wish when two bullet trains pass each other on a new line linking their two hometowns, it will come true.

"My parents did not divorce but they got along badly, so I understand the feelings of children whose parents are separated or who have a horrible relationship," Koreeda said.

"I made the movie for adults to enjoy, but it is also true that I usually make my films directed at a specific person. My previous film 'Still Walking' was dedicated to my mother and this one I made for my daughter, who is four so she can see it in the future. This is why it has a softer image."

© 2011 AFP

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