“Harmonium” is another modern Japanese film about your past will kill you. How many films since 2000 have arrived in the region about how a past lie will ruin your family? For a bit, Kitano was practically making such an idea into a decade’s worth of work. While I prefer the short film included on the disc, I can see this film being a workable entry point to new fans of Asian cinema. I do have to add a bit of disclaimer. There is happier Asian cinema out there. South Korea gets pretty inventive now.
- NYAFF chat interview
- Bonus short film
- 1.66:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 11/28/17
The Plot Thus Far
Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio’s family life.