Distance (2001 film)

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Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
Produced by Masayuki Akieda
Written by Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring Arata
Yusuke Iseya
Susumu Terajima
Yui Natsukawa
Cinematography Yutaka Yamasaki
Edited by Hirokazu Koreeda
Release date
May 10, 2001 (2001-05-10)
May 26, 2001 (2001-05-26)
Running time
132 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Distance is a 2001 film by Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu, starring Arata, Tadanobu Asano, Iseya Yusuke, Terajima Susumu, and Natsukawa Yui.


Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members (the credited cast, minus Asano) of the perpetrators meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths. They meet a former member of the cult (Asano), who had trained for the water sabotage attack but defected at the last minute. He leads them to the cabin he's currently holed up in, where he and the deceased cult members had trained for the attack, and they pass the night reminiscing about those they'd known and lost, shown cinematically through improvised dialogues and flashbacks. Sakata, the aforementioned surviving cult and last to see most of the departed alive, and Atsushi (Arata) interrogate one another about Yûko (played by actress/model Ryo), Atsushi's sister, whom Sakata had asked to run away with him the night before the attack.



Distance has an 80% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6.3/10.[1]


This film was nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


  1. ^ "Distance (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Distance". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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