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  • Director

    Naomi Kawase

  • Starring

    Masatoshi Nagase, Ayame Misaki, Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Shirakawa, Misuzu Kanno

  • Run Time

    101 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin

    Japan, France

  • Certificate


  • Language

    Japanese (English Subtitles)

  • Director of Photography: Arata Dodo

  • Editor: Tina Baz

  • Produced by: Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe

  • Music: Ibrahim Maalouf

  • Screenplay by: Naomi Kawase

  • Production Designer: Setsuko Shirakawa

  • Sound Production: Roman Dymny, Boris Chapelle


Radiance (Hikari)

Part of the World Perspectives Strand


The always-absorbing films from acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase are united in their sense of delicate insight. Her astute and thoughtful new film Radiance dwells on the relationship between Misako (Ayame Misake), a young woman who writes film audio descriptions for the visually impaired, and photographer Nakamori (Masatoshi Nagase), who has deteriorating eyesight and sits on an advisory panel. The film offers views on both visual and verbal interpretation, and focuses on the delicate and complex beauty of both methods.

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