Japan's first mass-market movie set in Fukushima hits the silver screen three years after the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years forced more than 150,000 people from their homes. Kathi Urban reports.
Three year's after Fukushima, the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, Japan's first mass-market movie about the disaster has reached cinema screens across the country. "Homeland" or "Ieji" (pronounced ee-aye-gee) in Japanese depicts the struggles of a farming family forced from their home and having to cope with cramped temporary housing as a result of the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. With memories still fresh in people's minds and a widespread debate in Japan over the future of the country's reactors, the film's director, Nao Kubota chose to avoid the political debate by instead opting to tell a more human story. SOUNDBITE: Director of "Homeland", Nao Kubota, saying (Japanese): "I wanted to stop the situation fading from our minds, I wanted to make a film that would be relevant for a long time to come, that people could watch in 10, 20, 50 or even 100 years and see that this sort of claustrophobic situation came about. That's what I want everyone to feel, and it's for that reason it's not anti-nuclear." Part of the film was shot in areas once declared off-limits by the government due to high radiation levels. Some reviewers at the recent Berlin Film Festival, where "Homeland" was shown, have criticized the film for shunning the political debate. But the film's soft approach is likely to find backing among audiences in Japan, where film revenues are falling and viewers showing an aversion to movies with too heavy a political line.