New Docs Japan
  • Fence
  • Annyong Yumika
  • Ultimate Land—A Year of Iwasaki Onikenbai
  • Hongara—Sacred Torch
  • Field Feet
  • Memory of spider and moth
  • Fat Chance
  • Path of Anna—Yesterday Today Tomorrow 2
  • Tanaka-san Will Not Do Callisthenics
  • A Whispered Life
  • Hongara—Sacred Torch


    - JAPAN / 2008 / Japanese / Color / Video / 88 min

    Director, Photography, Editing: Nagaoka Noa
    Sound: Mizoe Maiko
    Music: Oba Yoko, Strike, Murata Satoshi
    Production Company, World Sales: NPO Hyotankara KO-MA (Fujita Tomotake)

    In the Shima district of Omihachiman in Shiga Prefecture, members of the Shima Seniors Club mobilize to revive the Hongara Sacred Torch Festival, which has been dormant for 50 years. The seniors’ pride in and love for their region touches the hearts of young people from the area. After much effort, the day of the festival arrives, and the torch flames reflect off the sweat-drenched faces of the people. This film was produced as part of a local citizens’ effort to revitalize the region.

    [Director’s Statement] “Isn’t there something we can do before we die?” How will the “last testament” of the old folks in a village with a 2,000-year history be seen by people living in the present? This is a film in which filmmaking and the elders’ passion converged at times to generate a new strength in the village.

    - Nagaoka Noa

    Born in Kyoto, Nagaoka attended the CinemaJuku seminar led by film director Hara Kazuo and produced Just a Life (2002, YIDFF ’03). Her other films include Scenery at Dawn (2005) and Tanepirika (2006). Since 2008, she has been working on “Testament: A Letter to the Future,” a participatory filmmaking project in Omihachiman, Shiga Prefecture. Hongara won the audience prize at the 2009 Image Forum Festival in Tokyo.