Fukushima-related film, "The Piano in the Shed," to be screened in London

27 February 2015

"The Piano in the Shed," a film set in the town of Koori, Fukushima Prefecture, and portraying the impact of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, will be screened in London on March 11 and 13. It will be the second overseas location where the movie is shown, following Sydney last November.

The film will be shown at the Japanese Embassy in London on March 11, the fourth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, and at University College London on March 13. Yuto Kitsunai, the film's producer who hails from the city of Fukushima, will attend the screenings.

The events were made possible through the efforts of Yoshio Mitsuyama, head of the London Shakunage Kai, a liaison group formed by residents in Britain with roots in Fukushima, according to Kitsunai. Mitsuyama, who also leads a network of such liaison groups around the world, helped make the arrangements after being impressed by the film.

"It would be nice if we can send out the message that Fukushima is continuing its steps toward a new future," Kitsunai said. "We would also like to convey our appreciation for the support given to us at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake."

The film is a coming-of-age story centering around a senior high school girl who copes with life and its troubles positively by playing the piano. It also depicts how the nuclear disaster has affected the lives of local residents, such as peach farmers hit by harmful rumors of radiation.

Some Koori residents, as well as evacuees from Namie, home to the crippled plant, acted as extras in the film. Its production was cosponsored by Fukushima Minpo Co., publisher of the namesake local daily.
(Translated by Kyodo News)