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PROJECT Japanese. Ahiko (HD / color / 100 / Kazakhstan) NO 13
DIRECTOR Yeldar Kaparov
PRODUCTION Aliya Uvalzhanova
PROJECT STATUSScript Development, Pre-production
DIRECTOR - Yeldar Kaparov
A filmmaker with 10 solid years of experience in films, short films, TV series and commercials, Yeldar Kaparov is the founder of Amulet Production Company in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
He holds a BA degree in film directing from the Kazakh National Academy of Arts, and an MFA degree in filmmaking from the New York Film Academy.
He has a strong passion for creating independent films, documentaries and short films, and keeping up to date with the latest video/audio equipment and editing software. He enjoys working with a variety of actors and crew members of different backgrounds and levels of experience.
His portfolio includes, but is not limited to, the following local TV series: Doda (2013), Homewars (2014), Red Apple (2016), Don’t Leave Me, Mother (2017), Homeland (2018).
Aliya Uvalzhanova is a producer and founder of ALDONGAR PRODUCTION, ASTANATELEFILM LLP.
Her portfolio includes epic historical drama Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe (Akan Satayev, 2012), and The Gift to Stalin (Rustem Abdrashev, 2008), which had the honor of opening Busan International Film Festival 2008, and was invited to become part of libraries and museums all over the world, including the American Library of Congress (Washington), as a film of great educational value and humanism from Kazakhstan.
She was co-producer of the historical drama Alexander: The Neva Battle (Igor Kalyonov, 2008); documentary films Faces of Eurasia, Dialogue of Cultures (2006, Moscow TV channel ‘Culture’), grand prix winner/nominee in 27 countries; Pure Coolness (Ernest Abdyjaparov, 2007), which won prizes at many international film festivals, and participated at Cannes Film Festival 2009; and This Place is Sacred (2012, for TV channel ‘Russia’). She was also producer of the Dialogue of Cultures nomadic international film festival on globalization, in New York 2011, Brussels 2012, and Switzerland 2013, and is author of the book, Producer of Cinema and Television (2018).
A 15-year-old Japanese boy, Tetsuro Ahiko, becomes one of the last P.O.W.s of the Second World War, not even having started his studies at Military Academy or fired a single shot. Ahiko’s young love, Matsui Hideko, flees from Karafuto Island to Hiroshima, only to become a ‘hibakusha’ (a survivor of the A-bomb).
70 years later, now a citizen of Kazakhstan and father and grandfather to a large Kazakh family, Tetsuro Ahiko returns to Japan to accompany 86-year-old Matsui Hideko on her last trip to perform the temple rite of ‘Hatsumode’. Hideko suffers from Alzheimer’s and mistakes Ahiko for her deceased husband.
The two elderly people, separated for 70 long years, are reunited for a few happy hours filled with the dreams of their youth that were disrupted by war.
What enabled them to keep their hearts so open and loving?
Ahiko lost his home, his motherland and his family in Japan, but found them again in postwar Kazakhstan, a second homeland to people of over 100 different ethnicities, all touched by war. He can never forget the horrors of the Stalinist prison camps, which almost claimed his life.
The elderly couple visits the temple, and then Hideko dies.Ahiko goes back to Kazakhstan to be with his family.
Sometimes destiny changes for the better the lives of those who suffered in the past. Hideko was granted escape from the oblivion of the atomic bombing, and the “return” of her beloved man. Ahiko was favored with a deserved second homeland, Kazakhstan, the country that saved him, warmed his soul, and never betrayed him.
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