Just got an e-mail from our friend, writer/director/producer Aaron Woolfolk. His critically acclaimed film The Harimaya Bridge is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. Here is a description from the movie’s official site:
The Harimaya Bridge is a drama about an American man who must travel to rural Japan to claim some important items belonging to his late son, from whom he was estranged. While there, he learns several secrets his son left behind.
The story takes place in Kochi Prefecture, a deeply rural part of Japan where traditional customs remain strong. The movie addresses the bond and conflict between father and son, as well as the prejudices that often exist between people of different backgrounds.
Veteran actor of film and stage Ben Guillory stars along with award-winning Japanese actresses Saki Takaoka and Misa Shimizu. Popular international stars Misono, Hajime Yamasaki, Miho Shiraishi, and veteran American actor Peter Coyote are also featured along with newcomers Victor Grant and Honoka. Rounding out the cast is acclaimed actor Danny Glover, best known for his leading roles in the Lethal Weapon and SAW franchises. Glover also serves as an executive producer on the film.
The Harimaya Bridge was written and directed by Aaron Woolfolk, a veteran of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program who taught junior high school English in Kochi Prefecture. Woolfolk won a Directors Guild of America Best African-American Student Filmmaker award for his first movie, the short film Rage! He then returned to Kochi and made the short films Eki (The Station) and Kuroi Hitsuji (Black Sheep), both of which won several awards and screened at top film festivals and showcases around the world. The Harimaya Bridge is Woolfolk’s first feature film.
And here’s an excerpt from his e-mail, along with a clip.
…at long last — after a journey through movie theaters, film festivals, special screenings, video on demand, and other platforms — my film The Harimaya Bridge will be released in the U.S. on DVD and Blu-ray next Tuesday, October 18th.
The film is coming out in a special “combo pack,” which means the single package contains both a DVD copy and a Blu-ray copy, all for one low price. In addition to the film, the discs include cast and crew interviews, a behind-the-scenes documentary, and my own director’s commentary track in which I talk about the making of the film in detail (including some fun “Well, they can’t punish me now” revelations about things that even my financiers and movie studio didn’t know).
The film will be available in video stores, and can be ordered right now on Amazon:
I would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word about this to people you know. I hope you all will at least rent it, and that some of you might even be inclined to purchase it (and perhaps even give the film out as gifts during the upcoming holiday season).
Here is a minute-long trailer for the film on DVD and Blu-ray:
Thank you all so much!
I got to see the film during its theatrical run here in Los Angeles and can easily give it two thumbs up.