Four years after their mother’s death, the estranged children of the Shinjo family return to their home on Aguni Shima, a Ryukyu island to the west of Okinawa island, to perform the traditional ritual of ‘senkotsu’ or ‘bone-washing’. A tradition that has become more or less extinct today, senkotsu is now only practiced on Aguni Shima, and offers families of the deceased an opportunity to bid a last farewell to their loved ones.
To everyone’s surprise daughter Yuko arrives alone and pregnant, and son Tsuyoshi mysteriously without his wife and children. While at home alone on the island, they discover father Nobutsuna has been drowning his sorrows in alcohol. But just perhaps an ancient burial ritual is what the Shinjo family needs to heal their wounds and unite once again...
A heartwarming meditation on love, family, and the power of tradition and ritual, BORN BONE BORN is must-see at HIFF 2018. Directed by famous Okinawan comedian Gori (Toshiyuki Teruya), the film proves Teruya’s abilities as an up-and-coming filmmaker to watch.
Synopsis written by: Anna Page