Promoted as the debut of one of Hirokazu Koreeda
’s (and Miwa Nishikawa
’s) assistants and in essence protégé, and featuring Yuya Yagira in the protagonist role, “His Lost Name” was a good idea, to say the least, from the beginning. The questions, however, if Hirose Nanako would be able to stray away from the clichés of the contemporary Japanese family drama and if Yuya Yagira would be a good fit for such a low-key part, were hanging over the production, also from the beginning (for me at least). The following review answers both.
“His Lost Name” screened at
Festival des Cinémas d’Asie de Vesoul
Tetsuro, a middle aged carpenter who runs a wood shop discovers an almost unconscious man on a river bank. For reasons unknown in the beginning, he decides to take the young man (who introduces himself just as Shinichi) under his protection, providing a place