Where I belong

Dir: Shinji Azuma
Cast: Kento Hayashi, Etsuko Ichihara
108mins   2017   Japan   12A   Japanese    Subtitled   


Izumi, a lowlife thief cowardly targeting women and the elderly, goes on the run and finds himself stranded in the mountains of Miyazaki in southern Japan. Along one of the remote roads Izumi encounters an injured elderly woman, Suma, and reluctantly comes to her aid. Indebted to Izumi for saving her life, Suma takes in the homeless good Samaritan and treats him like her own grandson, uninterested in his true identity. Can Izumi settle into a new life in the village, or will his secret wrongdoings in the past catch up with him?

Drama based on a novel by bestselling crime fiction writer Asa Nonami, a beautifully meditative story set in a picturesque remote village in south Japan, exploring themes of human sin and redemption.


Screened as part of The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2018(Un)true Colours – Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema.

Programme includes:

Sing My Life (Ayashi kanojo) 

Japan Now Special Strand: Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga son na wo shiranai toritachi) 

Where I Belong (Shabondama) 

Joy of Man’s Desiring (Hitono nozomino yorokobiyo) UK première

Sword of the Stranger (Stranger mukohadan)


Image (c)2016 'Where I Belong' Production Committee


Tue 13 March