Rebirth is a critically acclaimed 2011 drama based on the popular novel written by Mitsuyo Kakuta, winning 10 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Picture of 2011, Best Actress (Mao Inoue) and Best Supporting Actress (Hiromi Nagasaku). Its Canadian premiere was just recently held at the 2012 Toronto Japanese Film Festival at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) in Toronto.


It is a sad story of a woman who abducts a baby girl from a man who she has had an affair with. After 4 years, the woman is found and arrested, and the child is eventually returned to her birth parents but has trouble adjusting (actually never became close to her parents). And as an adult, returns to the place where she grew up where she finally learns the truth. This is a very moving and emotional story (you may need some tissues), slow at times, switching between the past and present.

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