Married couple Toshio and Akie live a happy – if predictable – life with their young daughter, Hotaru. One day, Yasaka, hauntingly played by Tadanobu Asano (ICHI THE KILLER), a mysterious acquaintance from Toshio’s past, arrives at the family’s home. Although he is fresh out of prison, Toshio impulsively offers Yasaka work at his small factory and a room. Soon, the ex-con is infiltrating the family’s life, flirting with Akie and coaching Hotaru on the harmonium. But when his secrets come to light, Yasaka’s true intentions come into question and the outcome is catastrophic.
An intense and heartbreaking story, HARMONIUM is Fukada’s best film to date, featuring exceptional, nuanced performances by the entire cast. HARMONIUM premiered to great acclaim at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, taking home the prestigious Un Certain Regard Jury Prize. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles.