Nagasaki: Memories of My Son

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Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
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Directed by Yoji Yamada
Produced byEnoki Nozomi
Written byYoji Yamada
Emiko Hiramatsu
Starring Sayuri Yoshinaga
Kazunari Ninomiya
Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
CinematographyMasashi Chikamori
Edited byIwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • 12 December 2015 (2015-12-12)
Running time
130 minutes
Box office¥1,720,074,869 ($14,484,841) [1]

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (Japanese: 母と暮せば, Hepburn: Haha to Kuraseba, "Living with my mother") is a 2015 Japanese drama film directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Sayuri Yoshinaga and Kazunari Ninomiya. It was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated. [2]



Midwife Nobuko Fukuhara lost her husband and eldest son during World War II and lost her youngest son, Koji, as a result of the bombing of Nagasaki. Following the war, she has been living alone with only work to keep her occupied. However, one day she is visited by an apparition of Koji. The mother and son begin to spend much time together, reminiscing and catching up on lost time. Although these moments together make both of them happy, it leads Nobuko to reflect more on her losses and the relationship she has with Koji's fiancée Machiko.




Principal photography began on 26 April 2015 in Nagasaki and was completed on 11 July 2015. [3]


The musical score for Nagasaki was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto. A soundtrack album was released by Milan Records on 23 September 2016. [4]


Box office

Nagasaki: Memories of My Son grossed ¥1.98 billion in Japan. [5]


201689th Kinema Junpo Award Best 10 FilmsNagasaki: Memories of My Son9th Place [6]
Best ActorKazunari NinomiyaWon
Best Supporting ActressHaru KurokiWon
39th Japan Academy Prize Picture of the Year Nagasaki: Memories of My SonNominated [7]
Screenplay of the Year Yoji Yamada and Emiko HiramatsuNominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role Kazunari NinomiyaWon
Best Actress in a Leading Role Sayuri YoshinagaNominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Tadanobu AsanoNominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Haru KurokiWon
Best CinematographyMasashi ChikamoriNominated
Best Lighting DirectionKōichi WatanabeNominated
Best Art DirectionMitsuo DegawaNominated
Best Sound RecordingKazumi KishidaNominated
Best Film Editing Iwao IshiiNominated
70th Mainichi Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Kenichi KatoWon [8]
Best Film ScoreRyuichi SakamotoWon
41st Hochi Film Award Best PictureNagasaki: Memories of My SonNominated [9]
Best DirectorYoji YamadaNominated
Best ActorKazunari NinomiyaNominated
Best ActressSayuri YoshinagaNominated
Best Supporting ActorKenichi KatoNominated
Best Supporting ActressHaru KurokiNominated

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