The Falconer's Legacy
Matsubara Hidetoshi, one of Japan's last traditional falconers, resides in rural Tohoku with only the company of his birds. A sudden request by a young city-dweller may be key to retaining his legacy.
Hunting prey with its keen talons, the mountain hawk-eagle sits atop the local ecosystem as the "king of the forest"
Hawk-eagles are a cautious species of hawk, showing reluctance to sit on human arms
A high school student requests to become the apprentice of falconer Matsubara, who resolves to pass on his knowledge in recognition of her enthusiasm
Matsubara and his apprentice train on Mt. Gassan, a site of religious pilgrimages that over centuries has been the hunting grounds for many falconers and their birds