Goldfish Go Home

Goldfish Go Home

Shohei Shiozaki, 2012, Japan/Brazil, 1:38, Japanese with English Subtitles

Inspired by the influx of Japanese-Brazilian immigrants who returned to Japan in the 1980s to solve a labor shortage and renew the dying practice of ornamental goldfish farming, Goldfish Go Home follows the misfortunes and challenges of the newly emigrated youngster, Ricardo. Facing difficulties at school and struggling to fit in with a culture that is not his own, Ricardo befriends the lonely outsider Hanako, joining him in a quest to save a magical goldfish that contains the spirit of a medieval Chinese princess. Fantastic and whimsical, their mission to save the goldfish pits them against corrupt politicians and evil construction companies, bespeaking the travails of living between cultures and the struggle to be content in rapidly changing conditions. Heartwarming, funny, and with a touch of the bizarre, Goldfish Go Home captures the magic of childhood and the universal struggle for acceptance.

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