Peace

2010 / Japan, South Korea, United States / 75min

What is peace? What is coexistence? And what are the bases for them?

PEACE is a visual-essay-like observational documentary, which contemplates these questions by observing the daily lives of people and cats in Okayama city, Japan, where life and death, acceptance and rejection are intermingled.

Three people and stray cats are the main characters.

Toshio Kashiwagi runs an affordable taxi service for the disabled and the elderly, having retired as a principal at a special school. Meanwhile, he feeds a group of stray cats everyday. However, there is a growing tension in the cats’ peaceful community because a male “thief cat,” an outsider, is trying to invade it.

Toshio’s wife, Hiroko Kashiwagi, runs a non-profit organization, which sends home helpers to houses of the elderly and the disabled. But, her organization is facing financial difficulties because of budget cuts from the government. At home, she has been grumbling about the way Toshio feeds his cats.

As a professional caregiver herself, Hiroko regularly visits 91-year-old Shiro Hashimoto to help his daily routines. Living in a mice and tick infected small apartment, Hashimoto is spending his final days thinking about his own death. His memories of being drafted to World War II come back to him while dealing with Hiroko.

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  • Original title
    Peace
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Kazuhiro Soda
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Kazuhiro Soda
  • Editing
    Kazuhiro Soda
  • Music
  • Sound
  • Duration
    75 min
  • Year
    2010
  • Country
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Audio Tracks
    JPN
  • Subtitles
    ENG
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals

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