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Kyuka (Vacation)

Hirai is a taciturn, seemingly emotionless prison guard whose life is defined by monotonous routine. It is leavened only by the prospect of his imminent marriage to the sweet-hearted Miko. But Hirai has a profoundly unsettling undertaking to complete first - he has agreed to act as a 'supporter' to Kanada, a prisoner scheduled for execution. The advantage of accepting this traumatic task is the week's holiday it grants - perfect, Hirai considers, for his honeymoon. But behind Hirai's impassive expression, deep emotional currents are swirling. As his two worlds - family and Kanada's execution - spin ever faster towards each other, he finds himself caught up in a vortex from which he must emerge stronger than before.

Japan / 2008 / Japanese dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 115 mins
Programme: Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
Premiere: Middle East Premiere
Rating: 18+
Director: Hajime Kadoi
Producer: Koike Kazuhiro
Screenplay: Dai Sakō
DOP: Hiroyuki Okimura
Editor: Naoki Kaneko
Composer: Teruyuki Nobuchiko
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Kaoru Kobayashi, Nene Ohtsuka, Ren Ohsugi, Shuji Kashiwabara