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Kazuhiro Soda / Japan / 2010 / 75 min


Japanese documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda once again uses his distinctive style of observational documentary to effortlessly reveal undiscovered aspects of Japanese society. Soda, previously a fly on the wall of local Japanese politics in the Peabody Award-winning CAMPAIGN, now attaches his camera to the daily lives of two Japanese caregivers, Toshio and Hiroko Kashiwaga, and their special charges. Toshio provides transportation for the aged and disabled, while his wife Hiroko visits the elderly in their homes to cook meals and clean for them. Toshio’s altruistic nature extends to a large group of stray cats that he feeds and cares for daily, while Hiroko does her best to help an elderly World War II veteran, Shiro Hashimoto, living alone and dying of lung cancer. Commissioned as a film about “peace and coexistence,” PEACE’s focus on a group of stray cats, a dying man and the people who care for them would, at first glance, seem to have little to do with such hefty ideas. However, as Soda expertly records his subjects, these large themes begin to emerge in this small story. The cats fight and jostle among themselves for superiority. Mr. Hashimoto recounts details about his past as a soldier and makes himself ready for the next life. The couple struggle to keep their work viable amid cuts in government grants and complaints from the neighbors. Through each fascinating observation of conflict and calmness, Soda subtly and remarkably explores what it means to live in peace. Julie Hwang


  • Director: Kazuhiro Soda
  • Producer: Kazuhiro Soda
  • Cinematographer: Kazuhiro Soda
  • Editor: Kazuhiro Soda


Sun 03.13 1200pm

Wed 03.16 915pm

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