A cynical and disillusioned man from the city heads to a remote Mexican countryside to prepare his death. There he finds lodging with an old Indian widow in her rickety home overlooking a desolate canyon. Confronted with the old woman's infinite humanity, in the vastness of a wild, breathtaking nature, he oscillates between cruelty and lyricism. And with senses drugged, his desire and instincts for life and raw sexuality reawaken. Redemption is found through a spiritual impulse and existential renaissance.

Original title: Japón Country: Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, Spain,
Production year: 2002, Format: -Sound: Dolby, Lenght: 128', Aspect ratio: 2.66 : 1/Troncher Scope


Alejandro Ferretis – The man , Magdalena Flores – Ascen, Carlos Reygadas Barquín – The Hunter, Martin Serrano –  Juan Luis, Roland Hernández – The Judge


Director/Screenwriter/Producer: Carlos Reygadas, Assistant director: Bertrand Roland, Co-Producer: Jaime Romandia, Carlos Serrano AzconaProductions Company: Nodream, Mantarraya Co-production companies: Solaris Film, Hubert Bals Fund, IMCINE, Current state: Completed, World sales: Luxbox, DOP: Diego Martínez Vignatti, Thierry Tronchet, Production Design:  lsa Díaz, Alejandro ReygadasEditor: Daniel Melguizo, Carlos Serrano, David Torres, Sound: Gilles Laurent, Ramón Moreira, Music by: Jean Sébastien Bach, Arvo Pärt, Dimitri Shostakovich

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Festivals & Awards

Ariel Awards, Mexico
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen and Best First Work
Nominated for Best Direction, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Cinematography

Bratislava International Film Festival
Grand Prix and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Best Actor

Cannes Film Festival - Golden Camera - Special Mention

Edinburgh International Film Festival - New Director's Award

Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival - Mayahuel Award for Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction

Havana Film Festival - Coral for Best First Work

Mexican Cinema Journalists - Silver Goddess for Best First Work

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize for Best Latin American Film



Stockholm Film Festival  - Audience Award

São Paulo International Film Festival
Critics Award - Honorable Mention

Thessaloniki Film Festival  - Best Director

Tromsø International Film Festival - Aurora Award - Special Mention

Village Voice Film Poll - 3rd Place for Best First Feature

Toronto International Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Hong Kong International Film Festival
Cartagena Film Festival
Philadelphia International Film Festival

Tokyo International Film Festival
Moscow Film Festival

Kaohsiung Film Festival
Cork International Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Adelaide International Film Festival
Istanbul Film Festival
Cinemanila Film Festival, Philippines



Carlos reygadas

Director/ Screenwriter

Carlos Reygadas was born in Mexico City in 1971. He studied international law and armed conflict in Mexico City and London, but suddenly abandoned a promising career as a jurist. Moving to Brussels, Reygadas discovered the cinema as a passionate self-taught. After making a several shorts in 1998, he returned to the sites of his childhood vacations to undertake the ambitious "Japan",shot in cinemascope witn non professional actors and with the volunteer backing of his entourage.



2014, Short Plays - "Mexico" segment (Anthology Film)

2010, Revolucion - "Este es mi reino" segment (Anthology Film)

2009, 42 One Dream Rush (Short Film)

2007, Silent Light

2005, Battle in Heaven

2004, Filmando: Batalla en el cielo (Documentary)

2002, Japon

1999, Maxhumain (Short Film)

1999, Prisioneros (Short Film)