Ainu Mosir
Japan, USA, China / 2020 / 84 min
In Japanese with English subtitles
Special Jury Mention, International Narrative Competition, Tribeca Film Festival
Taipei Film Festival

The Ainu are an indigenous ethnic group mostly based in Hokkaido, Japan. However, many young Ainu don’t know anything about their culture’s traditions due to their near-total assimilation into Japanese society that was forced upon them by the government. Hokkaido native Fukunaga Takeshi tells a moving and enlightening story about a boy caught in the never-ending battle between modernity and traditions. Still reeling from the loss of his father a year prior, 14-year-old Kanto is taught about the ways of his Ainu ancestors by a family friend. In the process, Kanto must choose between being loyal to his people’s traditions without reservation, or staying true to his own values.


Fukunaga Takeshi
Shimokura Kanto
Akibe Debo
Shimokura Emi
Miura Toko
Lily Franky
15/11 5:40PM PALACE ifc
* 21/11 5:35PM Broadway Cinematheque
26/11 8:10PM Broadway Cinematheque