Rebirth (film)

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Directed by Izuru Narushima
Produced by Naoki Sato
Yoichi Arishige
Naoko Yoshida
Written by Satoko Okudera
Based on Rebirth 
by Mitsuyo Kakuta
Starring Hiromi Nagasaku
Mao Inoue
Music by Goro Yasukawa
Cinematography Junichi Fujisawa
Release dates
  • 29 April 2011 (2011-04-29)
Running time
147 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Rebirth (八日目の蝉 Yōkame no Semi?) is a 2011 Japanese drama film directed by Izuru Narushima, based on author Mitsuyo Kakuta's novel. The film was a critical success, winning 10 awards at the 35th Japan Academy Prize, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Script.[1]


A woman named Kiwako (Hiromi Nagasaku) abducts a baby from a man with whom she has had an affair. For four years Kiwako has raised the child as her own until she gets arrested. The child named Erina is then returned to her birth parents, but she can't find peace. As an adult, Erina (Mao Inoue) also has an affair with a married man and gets pregnant. To confront her past, Erina goes to Shodoshima where she has lived with Kiwako as a child. There Erina discovers a shocking truth and makes a decision.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Result
2012 35th Japan Academy Prize[2] Picture of the Year Won
Director of the Year
(Izuru Narushima)
Screenplay of the Year
(Satoko Okudera)
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
(Mao Inoue)
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Hiromi Nagasaku) Won
Outstanding Achievement in Music (Gorô Yasukawa) Won
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Jun'ichi Fujisawa) Won
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Masao Kanazawa) Won
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording (Kenichi Fujimoto) Won
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing (Chise Sanjo) Won
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Eiko Koike) Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (Chie Matsumoto) Nominated
Newcomer of the Year (Konomi Watanabe) Won


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