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Wild Bunch - EUREKA

Shinji Aoyama



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Status: Completed

Director(s): Shinji Aoyama

Main cast: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki

Long synopsis : In Kyushu, southwest Japan, one hot summer morning, a municipal bus is hijacked. In the carnage only three people survive: the driver, Makoto, a school girl, Kozue, and her older brother, Naoki. Suffering from trauma, Makoto disappears. The children withdraw in silence. Two years later, their mother has divorced and their father dies at the wheel of his car. They now live alone in the family home. Makoto returns to town and takes up household with the children, who are soon joined by their cousin, Akihiko, a college student on vacation. The body of a murdered woman is discovered on the river bank; and the police suspect Makoto. Soon after, he buys an old bus; fits it with beds; and invites the three young people to leave on a trip. EUREKA is the story of several people de-stabilized by a fateful drama. In pain, they move slowly toward shaping a kind of family circle, in which they can face the horror of their shared experience; begin to rebuild their lives and put the past to rest. The film traces their paths as a journey of the soul. An inward road movie.


  • Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki, Yôichirô Saitô, Sayuri Kokushô


  • Producer(s): Takenori Sentô
  • Director(s): Shinji Aoyama
  • Screenplay: Shinji Aoyama
  • DP: Masaki Tamura
  • Editing: Shinji Aoyama
  • Original Music: Shinji Aoyama, Isao Yamada
  • Set Design: Takeshi Shimizu
  • Genre(s): Drama

  • Production company: FILMS DE L'OBSERVATOIRE (LES)
  • Production date: 2000
  • Language: Japanese
  • Duration: 217 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00
  • Sound Info: Dolby SRD / DTS
  • Festival de Cannes 2000 - Competition
    Award(s) : FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2000
  • Seoul Independent Film Festival 2005
  • IndieLisboa International Film Festival 2007
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2011
  • Marrakech International Film Festival 2014
  • New York Film Festival 2000
  • Singapore International Film Festival 2001
    Award(s) : Best Asian Feature Film
  • Camerimage - Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy 2000