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Ainu Mosir

Japan, English Subtitles: Kanto is a 14-year-old young man who has just lost his father. He is descended from the Ainu people who live in one of the northern Japanese islands. The film is a coming of age story and how Kanto navigates being a teenager who wants to go anywhere for high school that will take him away from the island that he feels is restrictive and the traditions that reflect his heritage. I really enjoyed the film; it is beautiful to look at, and I always appreciate stories about native traditions. This culture seems to have traditions not unlike our own Native American cultures, and it is interesting to watch how the community balances being a tourist destination by day and preserving its cultural heritage outside of the tourist’s gaze. The young man who plays Kanto is very good at playing the moody, introspective, and sensitive teenager struggling to come to terms with what the elders are trying to do. Thumbs up from me. (2020; 3.5 Stars)

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