A film by Naomi Kawase

Cast : Masatoshi Nagase, Ayame Misaki, Tatsuya Fuji

2017 / drama / original title : Hikari / 101’ / Color / status : completed / long feature-film / All Rights / International collections

Misako is a passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired.
At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.
Misako soon discovers Nakamori’s photographs, who will strangely bring her back to her past.
Together, they will learn to see the radiant world that was invisible to her eyes.

French distribution: Haut & Court

Coproduced by Comme des Cinémas (French coproducers of Cannes entries AN and STILL THE WATER by Naomi Kawase)


“Gentle and delicate, touching and open-hearted”

Evening Standard

“A poignant vision of the power of sight”

The Guardian

“A finespun exploration of beauty, impermanence and loss. Typically delicate and as gentle as a balm”


“Naomi Kawase’s demurely delicate Radiance finds in DVD audio description a metaphor for the act of noticing and need to communicate”

Peter Bradshaw

“Bathed in honeyed magic-hour light, with a pleasingly diffuse and gauzy quality, the film looks terrific”


“A luminous piece of filmmaking”

The Hollywood Reporter

“The new masterpiece by Naomi Kawase”

Ecran Total

“As clever, as moving, Radiance, is a feature which does good”


“Ibrahim Maalouf’s score is of infinite gentleness”


“A humanist and poetic fresco… Overwhelming”


“A subtle reflection on Naomi Kawase’s own art”


“Radiance is a strong competition film from Naomi Kawase and one of my favourites at #Cannes2017”

Chris Knight

“Sumptuous, enchanting and warm like the setting sun”

Le Parisien