Radiance (2017 film)

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Film poster
Directed byNaomi Kawase
Written byNaomi Kawase
Produced byNaoya Kinoshita
Masa Sawada
Yumiko Takebe
StarringMasatoshi Nagase
Ayame Misaki
Edited byTina Baz
Music byIbrahim Maalouf
Release date
  • 23 May 2017 (2017-05-23) (Cannes)
  • 27 May 2017 (2017-05-27) (Japan)
Running time
101 minutes

Radiance (, Hikari) is a 2017 Japanese romance drama film directed by Naomi Kawase. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] At Cannes it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.[3]


Masako (Ayame Misaki) creates movie audio descriptions. Her passion and her commitment to her work leads her to create scripts full of colors and textures in order to make them as accessible as possible to blind audiences. She tests it on a group of 10 blind people. At one of the pre-premiere screenings, she meets Masaya (Masatoshi Nagase), a renowned photographer who gradually loses his sight and ability to practice his craft. Masaya's strong character makes him the only one to firmly criticize her scripts. He helps Masako see the coldness of her careful descriptions. Despite the differences that arise between them, both manage to create a strong relationship that allows them to explore a world previously invisible to their eyes. In the last scene of the film, the old man struggles to climb a small dune, at the top he stops facing the setting sun. This reflects the message transmitted by his impassive face without imposing a vision on the viewer.



The film received a 63% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 27 reviews with an average rating of 6.17/10.[4] It also holds a weighted average rating of 52 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter said that "Radiance remains mired in underwritten relationships that end up less emotionally engaging than they appear".[6] Guy Lodge of Variety magazine called the film "pretty" and "sincere".[7]


  1. ^ "The 2017 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. 13 April 2017. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  2. ^ Winfrey, Graham (13 April 2017). "2017 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, 'Twin Peaks' and More". IndieWire. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  3. ^ Hopewell, John (27 May 2017). "Cannes Critics Prize 'BPM,' Closeness,' 'Nothing Factory'". Variety.
  4. ^ "Radiance (Hikari) (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Radiance Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  6. ^ Tsui, Clarence (23 May 2017). "'Radiance' ('Hikari'): Film Review - Cannes 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 July 2021.
  7. ^ Lodge, Guy (23 May 2017). "Film Review: 'Radiance'". Variety.

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