Fukada Koji has made a home invasion thriller with the subtle stylistic qualities of a family drama. In Harmonium, an old acquaintance mysteriously appears on Toshio’s doorstep, asking for work and shelter. Unconvinced, Toshio, his wife Akia and their daughter Hotaru nevertheless take in the man, who is just out of jail, and allow him to work in the small factory they live above.
The starting point for this story chimes with Hospitalité, Fukada’s 2011 black comedy, but has darker undertones. When an inexplicable tragedy takes place, Fukada doesn’t show the direct consequences but rather fast-forwards eight years. We find the couple struggling with feelings of guilt and vengeance. The arrival of a another person, also looking for work in their factory, re-opens old wounds.

Original title
Fuchi ni tatsu
Filmmaker
Country
Japan, France
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
118’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Sawada Masa, Niimura Hiroshi
Production Company
Comme des Cinémas
Sales
MK2
Writer
Fukada Koji
Cinematography
Negishi Kenichi
Editor
Fukada Koji
Production Design
Suzuki Kensuke
Sound Design
Olivier Goinard
Music
Onogawa Hiroyuki
Cast
Asano Tadanobu, Tsutsui Mariko, Furutachi Kanji, Shinokawa Momone, Mahiro Kana, Taiga