Ashes to Honey

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Ashes to Honey
Ashes to Honey poster.jpg
Original poster
Directed by Hitomi Kamanaka
Produced by Shūkichi Koizumi
Group Gendai
Release dates
  • September 18, 2010 (2010-09-18) (Ishikawa)
Running time
116 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Ashes to Honey (ミツバチの羽音と地球の回転 Mitsubashi no haoto to chikyū no kaiten?), (literally "Humming of Bees and Rotation of the Earth") is a Japanese documentary directed by Hitomi Kamanaka and released in 2010.[1] It is the third in Kamanaka's trilogy of films on the problems of nuclear power and radiation, preceded by Hibakusha at the End of the World (also known as Radiation: A Slow Death) and Rokkasho Rhapsody.[2]


The documentary covers the long struggle of the residents of Iwaijima island in the Inland Sea of Japan to prevent the construction of a nuclear power plant across the bay.[3] It compares the situation to Sweden, where models of sustainable energy are being explored.


Kamanaka began filming the documentary in 2008 and completed it in 2010. The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake took place right during the film's first Tokyo screening.[4]


In a poll of critics at Kinema Junpo, Ashes to Honey was selected as the fifth best documentary of 2011.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mitsubashi no haoto to chikyū no kaiten". Cinema Today (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mitsubashi no haoto to chikyū no kaiten Kawanaka Hitomi". Eiga Geijutsu (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Tolley, Gail (18 November 2011). "Ashes to Honey is the film of the moment". The Independent. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Kamanaka, Hitomi (2012). Ashes to Honey booklet. Zakka Films. 
  5. ^ "2011-nen Dai 85-kai Kinema Junpō besuto ten". Kinema Junpō. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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