Home from the Sea (film)

Home from the Sea (故郷, Furusato) is a 1972 Japanese drama film directed by Yoji Yamada and co-written by Yamada and Akira Miyazaki.[1][2] Set on a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, the film follows the struggles of Seichi and Minko, a couple making a living by transporting rocks by boat and dumping them at construction sites. The film addresses their precarious livelihood and vanishing way of life.[3]

Home from the Sea
Directed byYoji Yamada
Screenplay byYoji Yamada
Akira Miyazaki
StarringHisashi Igawa
Chieko Baisho
Chishū Ryū
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • October 1972 (1972-10)
Running time
96 minutes



In 1973 Hisashi Igawa received the Best Actor Award at the Kinema Junpo Awards, for his role in the film.[citation needed]

The Japan Society describes it as one of Yamada's seminal films.[4]

The film was reviewed by the British Federation of Film Societies.[5] In the journal Film Criticism, it was stated that the film "is virtually a companion piece to The Family."[6]


  1. ^ Alexander Jacoby (10 February 2013). A Critical Handbook of Japanese Film Directors: From the Silent Era to the Present Day. Stone Bridge Press. pp. 2011–. ISBN 978-1-61172-531-5. Home From The Sea (Kokyô, 1972) was a drama about life in the island communities of the Inland Sea; Yamada focused with subtle poignancy on the problems of poverty, depopulation, and unemployment. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |authormask= (help)
  2. ^ "Home from the sea". Shochiku production company. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  3. ^ Bingham, Adam (June 23, 2015). Contemporary Japanese Cinema Since Hana-Bi. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748683765 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Commemorating 40 Years, Director Yoji Yamada Curates Screenings From the World's Longest Running Film Series". www.japansociety.org.
  5. ^ "Film". British Federation of Film Societies. April 16, 1973 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Nolletti, Arthur (1985). ""A Distant Cry from Spring" and the Structures of Yoji Yamada". Film Criticism. 9 (3): 9–22. JSTOR 44019014.

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