We’ve just had some fantastic news from Eureka Entertainment that the theatrical release of Harmonium, Kôji Fukada’s subtle, slow-burning thriller steeped in tragedy, will be released in selected cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) and Digital HD.

From the director of Au Revoir L’Ete and Hospitalité, Fukada’s Harmonium is an off-kilter take on that most venerable of Japanese genres — the family drama, which screened to great acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury prize.

HARMONIUM - Koji Fukada - Director

HARMONIUM – Koji Fukada – Director (Courtesy Eureka Entertainment)

In this slow-burn Japanese thriller, Toshio invites an old acquaintance, Yasaka (just released from prison) to come and live with his family. Toshio lives above the small workshop that he owns with his wife, Akie, and their daughter, Hotaru. It is not clear why Toshio offers Yasaka a job; it doesn’t seem to be out of friendship or goodwill. Akie and Hotaru are wary of the new lodger, but with his persistent charm and goodwill, Yasaka befriends Toshio’s wife Akié and as Yasaka starts teaching their daughter Hotaru to play the harmonium, the family’s fragile domestic bliss is forever altered. Director Kôji Fukada is a master of incremental development, drawing the audience into the unfolding outcome.

Koji Fukada's Harmonium (Still 3)

Koji Fukada’s Harmonium (Still 3) (Courtesy Eureka Entertainment)

Harmonium premiered in the UK as part of the first London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) in October 2016, followed by screenings as part of the Cambridge Film Festival, Bath Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.

The movie will be released in selected cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) and on Digital HD from 5 May 2017.

Harmonium Screenings

London, Institute for Contemporary Arts (The ICA), 5 May 2017 (7 days)

Manchester, Home, 5 May 2017 (7 days)

Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre, 21 June 2017 (1 day)

more to announced…

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham