The Fisherman and the Forest

On 11th March 2011, a huge tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake struck Japan's northeastern coast, including Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture. All life vanished from the sea.

In despair, an oyster farmer named Shigeatsu Hatakeyama decided to rebuild his life. Though a fisherman, he also spent decades before reforesting the surrounding hills and was sure the sea would recover again.

This program starts following Hatakeyama just after the disaster, showing how the sea and the forest are cleansed through mutual interaction. Featuring his moving monologue, it celebrates the miracle of resurrected life in a seaside village.

Director(s): Tomohiko Yokoyama
Script: Tomohiko Yokoyama
Production: NHK, YO Ijuin, Kenji Iida, Toshihide Yabuki
Music: Takashi Morishima, Daisuke Iguchi
Actors: Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, Kenichi Murakami, Alain Ducasse, Koyuki, Tetsu, Ko, Kanji, Makoto
Year: 2018
Duration: 49 min
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): Japanese
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: Japan
Shooting Locations: Japan
Screening rights: NHK ()
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Main topic(s): Oceans Human Potential
Secondary topics: biodiversity natural disasters regeneration forest cooperation
Mentions: oysters sea reforestation tsunami pollution farming industry science
Topic Page(s): Human Potential

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