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Masahiro Kobayashi draws on true life tragedy to craft this heart wrenching drama about a Japanese aid worker who finds that being kidnapped in war-torn Iraq was only the beginning of her lifelong nightmare. A compassionate woman who longed to make a difference by helping the people of Iraq, Yuko (Fusako Urabe) makes the bold decision to put her own life at risk by heading straight into one of the most dangerous regions on the planet. Yuko's worst fears are later realized when she is kidnapped while providing humanitarian aid everyday Iraqis. Mercifully released by her abductors, Yuko returns to Japan to discover that she has become the victim of a mass public shunning by a population who believes that she has shamed her country in the eyes of the world. As Yuko does her best to resume life as usual, she is continually greeted with great unease by her friends, former co-workers, and loved ones, taunted on the streets by strangers, and endlessly harassed for her perceived transgression against Japanese society at large. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Fusako Urabe
as Yuko Takai
Nene Otsuka
as The Stepmother
Takayuki Katô
as Iwai Her Lover
Kikujiro Honda
as Ueki Father's Boss
Ryuzo Tanaka
as Mr. Takai Her Father
Teruyuki Kagawa
as The Hotel Owner

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Director:Masahiro Kobayashi Released: 2005 Stars: Fusako Urabe, Nene Otsuka, Takayuki Katô and Kikujiro Honda Genre:Drama Country: Japan Photobucket Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen. A co-worker finds many angry postings on the Internet denouncing her and spreads them very vocally, causing her boss let her go. He tells her that the atmosphere at the hotel where she works as a chambermaid has changed negatively as a result. Possibly one of the most unusual films I have ever seen. Told so realistically and showing how a society can segregate an individual and so cold heartidly. More to follow...

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