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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Ben Guillory, Misa Shimizu, Saki Takaoka
  • Directors: Aaron Woolfolk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DEUEQ8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,374 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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International film star Danny Glover produces and stars in this breathtaking drama featuring Japanese Academy Prize-winning actresses, Saki Takaoka (Best Actress, 1994) and Misa Shimizu (Newcomer of the Year, 1991).

Revered veteran of the silver screen Bennet Guillory (The Color Purple) delivers a career-defining performance as Daniel Holder, a grieving father struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss of his estranged son Mickey. Driven by a desperate desire to hold on to what little remains of his son, Daniel travels into the heart of a culture he does not understand on a mission to collect a series of paintings left behind by Mickey. His journey – fueled by bitterness and regret – quickly uncovers shocking truths that bring an already-broken man to his knees. Will Daniel succumb to the hatred that has poisoned his heart, or will he embrace the spirit of Mickey’s existence and forgive the unforgivable?

Customer Reviews

Masao Nakabori, the film's cinematographer deserves credit for the great shots of rural Japan in a low budget picture.
Capturing popular landmarks as well as popular event in this smaller city of Japan, it gives a different perspective of living in this country.
So, I can understand Daniel's anger but I have to admit, the belligerence in the attitude of the character was insulting.
Dennis A. Amith

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Edythe on August 30, 2011
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The Harimaya Bridge is an intelligent, sensitive film about people overcoming cultural differences.

Daniel Holder hates Japanese people because of an outcome of World War II that personally affected him. He is infuriated when his son Mickey accepts a teaching job in Japan. Then unexpectedly, while father and son are estranged, Mickey dies. Full of regrets and anger, Mr. Holder goes reluctantly to Japan to collect his son's belongings. There he learns that Mickey left behind a legacy as an accomplished artist and a beloved friend and teacher. Combined with the wisdom and compassion of two women he meets on his journey, this legacy helps Mr. Holder come to terms with his son's life choices, and with his own prejudice. "There are better, more important ways to identify with people than color of skin," says Noriko, Mickey Holder's widow. "That's what Mickey always said."

In the aftermath of the terrible earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, the whole world now has a sense of how much the Japanese value cooperation and consideration for others. This film leaves viewers with a refreshed feeling that people can talk out their differences and come away with mutual respect. The Harimaya Bridge is presented in English and Japanese, with English subtitles.

Aaron Woolfolk, the director, calls the film his "love letter to Japan." It is based on his own experiences there. This award-winning film was produced by Danny Glover, who plays a supporting role. Ben Guillory plays the leading role. If you are a fan of Japanese movies and/or taigadorama (historical dramas), you will recognize Misa Shimizu from "The Sea is Watching" (Akira Kurosawa's last screenplay) and Saki Takaoka (from the Fuji TV series "Ooku.") I only wish there had been more flashbacks to the character played by Victor Grant; Mickey Holder, the soulful artist who found a deep connection with the natural beauty of Japan and its people.

Namo Amidabutsu.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dwood78 on October 23, 2011
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This movie 1st caught my attention when the local Japanese station (Channel 18.2 here in Southern CA) had commercials for its limited theater release in early 2010. This, being the 1st Japanese movie directed by a Black person quickly caught my eye as person of color myself.

Now that I'd seen it, I can say that The Harimaya Bridge is a very deep & emotional movie. It deals with issues that will limit its appeal to the American mainstream, but for those with an open mind, this is worth watching.

The movie's about Daniel Holder, a photographer with a strong hatred for the Japanese- mainly due to of the death of his father in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. But it wasn't just the death of his dad that created his hatred, but accounts of how he died. So when his son Mickey announced his plans to go there to teach English, father & son got into a heated debate which resulted in Daniel putting hands on his grown son. While living there, Mickey dies in an accident. Daniel later finds out while living there his son made some paintings & was married to Noriko, a Japanese woman who was at the funeral. After going to a concert being given by a once distraught father who found solace in having his late daughter's compositions performed, Daniel decides to go to Japan to get his son's final paintings for the same propose. He ends up spending a great deal of the film searching for the mysterious Noriko who disappeared shortly after returning to Japan. Upon finally finding her, he finds out that his late son has left something much more valuable than just paintings. What that is...I'm not going to spoil it, but it changes Daniel's outlook & will force him to deal with his prejudices.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By pst on September 7, 2011
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I saw the movie at the National Geographic Film Festival in Washington last year without any knowledge about it. I thought it was wonderful in terms of story, acting, and understanding of cultures. I was sorry to see that the film never played in the US. I was so moved by it that I will buy the dvd and give it as holiday gifts; a first for me.
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Featuring a collaboration from the East and the West, "The Harimaya Bridge" is a film written and directed by African-American filmmaker Aaron Woolfolk.

Woolfolk, a former JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program) participant who lived in Japan for many years and taught in Kochi Prefecture is known for his short film "Rage!" which won a Director's Guild of America Award. He won an award for his screenplay "The Harimaya Bridge" in which he received a Walt Disney Studios/ABC Entertainment Talent Development Grant and in 2008, production began on "The Bridge of Harimaya". Woolfolk would become the first African-American to shoot a feature film in Japan and the film would receive rave reviews.


"The Harimaya Bridge" is presented in 1080p High Definition. For the most part, the film looks very good as skin tones are natural. But once you get to the filming in Japan, I found the scenery to be breathtaking. On Blu-ray, the details on the shrine and the areas that Noriko visited, to see the detail on the wood and also just the overall vibrance of the red Harimaya Bridge, it looked beautiful in HD.

And I have to say that where many films are shot in Kanto and Kansai region, it was great to watch a film by an American filmmaker going to an area like Kochi, smaller villages that have been around for over a thousand years and capturing it on camera. Granted, its thanks to Woolfolk having taught in the area but with so many films shot in the concrete jungle of Japan, it was refreshing to see one shot in the countryside and capturing the overall scenery and ambiance. I'm a sucker for beautiful scenery and on Blu-ray, the film looked fantastic!
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