Wide Lantern is excited to hear that the very well-reviewed* film The Harimaya Bridge — said to be the first film made in Japan by an African-American — is now available via video on demand (VOD) on most cable and satellite systems.  Read what writer/director Aaron Woolfolk has to say about the difficulty in and importance of getting your work seen … after you scan this:

* From Rotten Tomatoes:

Part loving postcard to Japan, part redemption story reaching across both racial and cultural divides […]

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News

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It is a unique, complex, consciousness-raising accomplishment.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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And we tell you this: We’ve known Woolfolk for eight years now, and we’re so glad his talent and devotion are being rewarded with wider distribution.  Aaron toiled hard to get the film funded and shot (in San Francisco as well as Japan), and what a coup that he landed Ben Guillory, Saki Takaoka, Misa Shimizu, and Danny Glover as the film’s stars.

Story’s about an American who flies to rural Japan after his son is killed in a traffic accident there.  Turns out the son’s been keeping some major secrets that his father now has to grapple with. 

Here’s more about the VOD release straight from filmmaker Aaron, with a call for everyone’s help:

The film can now be seen in more than 100 million households in the U.S. and Canada.  This means that most people in North America have a chance to watch the film…far, far more than could ever see it during its limited movie theater release and on the film festival circuit.

I would like to ask your help in spreading the word. The cable and satellite operators will be watching to see how the film initially performs, which will determine how long they make it available.

The movie is now available for viewing on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, AT&T, Verizon, Cogeco (Canada), MTS (Canada), Amazon VOD, Best Buy/Cinemanow VOD, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Playstation, and many, many more. People can find it on their cable or satellite systems, or learn more here:


In addition to that, the DVD and Blu-ray of the film will be available beginning October 18th. Special features will include a behind-the-scenes documentary, cast and staff interviews, and my own director’s commentary. You can see a brand new minute-long trailer for the DVD/Blu-ray release here:


As always, people can learn more about The Harimaya Bridge at its official website and at its Facebook page:



I would appreciate your support in helping to spread the word.  Thank you very much!


Wide Lantern is definitely on board.

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