The Harimaya Bridge

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The Harimaya Bridge
Poster of the movie The Harimaya Bridge.jpg
Directed by Aaron Woolfolk
Produced by Ko Mori
Aaron Woolfolk
Written by Aaron Woolfolk
Starring Ben Guillory
Saki Takaoka
Misa Shimizu
Danny Glover
Music by Kazunori Maruyama
Cinematography Masao Nakabori
Edited by John Coniglio
Distributed by T-Joy
Release date
  • June 6, 2009 (2009-06-06) (Japan)
  • March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Japan
United States
Language English

The Harimaya Bridge is a 2009 film written and directed by American filmmaker Aaron Woolfolk. It was filmed in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan and San Francisco, California, U.S.A.[1] The film had a nationwide theatrical release in Japan in 2009 and an independent theatrical release in the United States in 2010. The film was released on DVD in Japan at the end of 2009 and was released on DVD and video-on-demand in the United States in 2011.[2]

The title references the Harimaya bridge in Kochi city, which is connected to a well-known Japanese story about forbidden love.[3]

The film is produced by Ko Mori and Aaron Woolfolk. Executive producers are Danny Glover, Naoshi Yoda, and John Kim. Co-producers are Muneyuki Kii and Tatsuya Kimura. Associate producers are James Lane and Lee Rudnicki.[1]

The film's theme song, "Shūten: Kimi no Ude no Naka", was sung by Japanese singer Misono, who released the song as her 13th single.


The story concerns an American man who must travel to rural Japan after his estranged son dies there in a traffic accident. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind. The Harimaya Bridge is a film about racism and forgiveness. The main character lost his son and he had to go to Japan to retrieve some of his sons paintings. The father (main character) had a very strong dislike for the Japanese people. He was very rude towards them in the beginning. He disrespected their culture as well on several occasions. One time he ignored the Japanese people when they told him to take off his shoes when he entered the home he was staying them. It took them a few minutes to get him to respect their wish and take off his shoes.

While the father was in Japan he found out many things he never knew about his son. For one, his son was married to a Japanese woman and they had a child together. The father and his son clearly did not share a strong, loving and respectful relationship. In one scene, The two got in a fight and the father kicked the son out of the home. This was the last straw for the son and may have caused him to move to Japan and keep his life under wraps from his father. Towards the end of the film the father experienced some things that made him confront his hatred and disrespectfulness towards the Japanese. His first encounter with his granddaughter is what made him change.



  1. ^ a b See an article in IMDb, External links, below.
  2. ^ See an article in the Japanese official website, External links, below.
  3. ^ Japan National Tourism Organization Harimaya-bashi Bridge Retrieved December 16, 2015

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