Return to Iitate Village


Fukuhara Yusuke


iitatemura02 のコピーThe nuclear disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami forces the people of Iitate Village to evacuate. By the time the evacuation order is lifted, they have already spent over six years in temporary housing. Those residents who chose to go back home share their thoughts about the village, and about their life both before the evacuation and after returning. This documentary listens to their voices and captures their gestures.
Title in English Return to Iitate Village
Title in Original Language 飯舘村に帰る
Director(s) Fukuhara Yusuke
Director's Bio/Filmography Born in Sendai, Miyagi, 1983. Fukuhara Yusuke is a filmmaker, who has documented local cultural activities such as art projects and storytelling of 'minwa' (folktales). He also holds workshops on dialogues. His films include "Ie ni aru hito" (2019) and he participated in the filmmaking of "Listening to the Air" (2018; Screened at YIDFF2019 Perspectives Japan) directed by Komori Haruka. He edited an archive book called "Sentoraru gekijo de mita ippon no eiga"(A film I saw in the Central Theater).
Year of Completion 2019
Nationality of the Film Japan
Running Time 55 min.
Aspect Ratio Video: 16:9
Color Color
Screening Format BDDVD
Shooting Locations Iitate Village (Soma, Fukushima)
Shooting Dates/Periods Dec 4 2017 - Dec 20 2018
Names of Characters
Language of Commentary and Dialogue Japanese,
Subtitles English,
Date of First Public Screening 2019/3/9
Place of First Public Screening (Country) Japan
Date of First Public Screening in Japan 2019/3/9
Previous Screenings at Other Film Festivals and Events Screened in the event "Hoshizora to michi - koremadeno kioku, korekarano kiroku" at sendai mediatheque (March 9, 2019)
Staff Credits Photography: Fukuhara Yusuke
Editing: Fukuhara Yusuke
Others:In cooperation with: centre for remembering 3.11 / sendai mediatheque
Producer Shimazu Nobuko, Fukuhara Yusuke
Distributor / Distribution Company Petra
Official Website for the Film
Other Online Access to the film
Screenings at the Past YIDFF Programs and Events YIDFF 2019