A Balance

  • Feature
  • 2020
  • 153 Minutes
  • Japan
  • Language: Japanese

Documentary director Yuko is working on a piece about a bullied schoolgirl’s suicide. The girl’s high school denied she was bullied, and fabricated an affair between the student and her teacher. This resulted in a public outcry against not only the school but also the teacher, who took his own life.

Director: Yujiro Harumoto

Screenwriter: Yujiro Harumoto

Production Company: Eigakobo Harugumi LLC.

Premier Status: Middle Eastern Premiere



2020: Busan International Film Festival, New Currents Section, New Currents Award/ Pingyao International Film Festival, Crouching Tigers Section, Jury Award, Audience Award

2021: Berlin International Film Festival, Panorama Section/ Festival International de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, International Competitive Section, Cima Jury Award and Best Actress Award

Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Yujiro Harumoto

Producer: Yujiro Harumoto, Tetsuya Matsushima, Sunao Katabuchi

DOP / Camera: Kenji Noguchi

Editor: Yujiro Harumoto

Sound: Kentaro Oguro

Cast: Kumi Takiuchi, Ken Mitsuishi, Masahiro Umeda, Yuumi Kawai, Yohta Kawase, Misa Wada, Mitsuko Oka, Yuya Matsuura, Ryo Ikeda, Tomoki Kimura


Yujiro Harumoto

Born in 1978 in Kobe City, Japan.

Graduated from the cinema department of Nihon University College of Art, and went on to join the directorial division at Shochiku Kyoto Studio, where he honed his craft under filmmakers such as Akira Inoue and Shigeru Ishihara.His debut feature “Going the Distance” (2016) was selected for the Japanese Cinema Splash section of the Tokyo International Film Festival, and went on to screen at Camera Japan in the Netherlands, and won several awards. His second feature “A Balance” (2020) won the New Currents Award at the Busan International Film Festival, as well as the Jury Award and Audience Award at the Pingyao International Film Festival.

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