Akan Soul

Director: Yuichi Ishida

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Country: Japan


"Akan Soul" represents a new form of cinematic genre that deeply engages with the Ainu culture, showcasing the indigenous community that once thrived in the Akan region of Hokkaido, Japan.
This film invites audiences to delve into the lives of the Ainu people, allowing us to gain profound insights into their unique culture while celebrating the tireless efforts dedicated to cultural preservation.

Remarkably, this film revolves around the meticulous preparations leading up to the Marimo Festival, accentuating a deep reverence for the God of nature, and spanning three distinct seasons in Akan—Spring, Autumn, and Winter—the director, Ishida, skillfully highlights the enduring spirit and sustainability of the Ainu people, transcending the passage of time.