Synopsis: A married silkworm smuggler, Herve Joncour, in 19th Century France who travels to Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful Japanese woman, the concubine of a local baron, with whom he becomes obsessed. Without speaking the same language, they communicate through letters until war intervenes. Their unrequited love persists however, and Herve's wife Helene begins to suspect.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): François Girard
Production: Picturehouse
  7 wins & 5 nominations.
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107 min

I'll always love you.

I will always love you.

And so, I headed off

to the end of the world.

I crossed the border at Sgny.

Then I journeyed through


I traveled by train

from Vienna...

Through Moravia...

And on to Kiev.

I hired a caravan

to cross the Russian steppes-

Three thousand miles

of ice and storm.

I had my Christmas dinner

at Lake Baikal,

And I thought of Helene...


Then I followed the Amur River

along the Chinese border...

Until I reached the ocean.

I stopped eleven days

in Vladivostok,

Where a Japanese guide

handed me my disguise.

I sailed across the sea

on a smuggler's ship.

And, finally,

I reached the port of Sakata.


and haunting.

The Mogami River.

The snows of Yamagata.

I climbed

the mountains of Shinobu,

Where new guides

were waiting for me.

And for the next three days,

we continued through the peaks.

Then, after countless freezing

days and sleepless nights...

I reached my destination.

Sakata, yes, yes.

I came...


Who are you?

My name is Herv Joncour.

I know that.

I am a man of trade.

That is not who you are.

That is what you do.

I am the man you see before you.

That is all.

I was born in a village

you've never heard of,

in a country

you've never seen.

I grew up like any child.

I was clothed and fed, educated.

I joined the army.

I left to marry

the woman I love.

And none of this is who I am.

The eggs you were given

are eggs of fish.

They are worth nothing.

I know that.

Is that why you paid

for them with fake gold?

I paid for what I bought.

When you leave here,

you will have what you want.

When I reach the limits

of your lands, alive...

you'll get all the gold

that's owed to you.

I give you my word.



You're back.

I'm back.

On my return,

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François Girard

François Girard (born January 12, 1963) is a French-Canadian director and screenwriter. Born in Quebec, Girard's career began on the Montreal art video circuit. In 1990, he produced his first feature film, Cargo; he attained international recognition following his 1993 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, a series of vignettes about the life of piano prodigy Glenn Gould. In 1998, he wrote and directed The Red Violin, which follows the ownership of a red violin over several centuries. The Red Violin won an Academy Award for Best Original Score, thirteen Genie Awards and nine Jutra Awards. He has also directed various works for the stage, including Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, Oedipus Rex and Novencento at the Edinburgh International Festival; Kafka's The Trial, adapted for the stage by Serge Lamothe at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa; the oratorio Lost Objects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Siegfried in Toronto; and The Lindbergh Flight and The Seven Deadly Sins, first in Lyon and then in Edinburgh. Girard has also produced a residency show for Cirque du Soleil, Zed, in Tokyo and Zarkana, which opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York in the summer of 2011.In 2013 the Metropolitan Opera in New York opened a new production of Richard Wagner's Parsifal directed by Girard. The production received near universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike.His television credits include Le dortoir, Peter Gabriel's Secret World and The Sound of the Carceri, one of the six episodes of Yo Yo Ma Inspired by Bach. more…

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