On March 11, 2011, a tsunami caused by an earthquake devastated much of Pacific-coast Japan, killing close to 16,000 people and injuring or causing the disappearance of nearly 9,000 more.
Unsurprisingly, there was also much collateral damage, including high-level meltdowns at three of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s reactors, prompting the government to instigate evacuation measures for residents within a 20-kilometre radius of the accident. But what of those people who lived just the other side of the exclusion tape?
It’s a question that spurred director Sion Sono to hone his screenplay, by examining the ever-present threat of nuclear energy to one homestead in particular.
While Land of Hope is a fictional tale of familial love and displacement, it cleaves…