TIFF 2023 film ‘Shadow of Fire’ pierces fragile psyches of ordinary people with fear of imminent violence

Asha Bajaj
2 min readSep 19, 2023
Shadow of Fire. Image credit: TIFF 2023

Toronto/CMEDIA: Directed, produced, edited and cinematographed in 2003, in KAIJYU THEATER CO. LTD. Shinya Tsukamoto’s latest Japanese film ‘Shadow of Fire’ was screened as a NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE on TIFF 2023 as a centerpiece.

The film examines the desperate lives of Japanese citizens in the immediate post–World War II period through the story of a child coming of age amid unimaginable hardship.

The cast of this film are Shuri, Oga Tsukao, Hiroki Kono, and Mirai Moriyama
Part of his war trilogy, which includes Fires On the Plain (TIFF ’14) and Killing (TIFF ’18), Shinya Tsukamoto’s latest film Shadow of Fire, part chamber drama, part road movie pierces the fragile psyches of ordinary people with fear of imminent violence.

In a derelict ramen house, a woman earns money by offering the only collateral she has left: her body. A young soldier comes seeking her services, though his need for comfort outweighs his lust. He tries to forge a relationship with both the woman and the little boy who visits her nightly, all of them devoid of family due to the firebombing that laid waste to their city. When the soldier suddenly lashes out, this family is reduced to two, until the boy is forced to leave

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Asha Bajaj

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