A Movie

Wolson 海峡のアリア
Kaikyo no Aria
Aria of the Straits

Director Ota Shinichi

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Wolson, the Japanese-born daughter of non-naturalized Korean parents, begins without citizenship and facing many challenges. She overcomes limiting laws and rules to make a name for herself as an international opera singer, becoming the first such artist to perform in both North and South Korea, while doing her best to avoid politics. However, when she is denied the right to sing a certain song in South Korea (allowed only to voice the melody), she decides she must do more to understand and embrace the power of music. She finds an unknown ode to Korean unity which speaks to her, and she turns it into a popular cry for peace, hope and togetherness which brings together ethnic Koreans divided over multiple continents. Wolson must then deal with the sad loss of family members and other hardships, but the music and struggles are still playing today.


Shinichi Ota
Shinichi Ota
Shinichi Ota, Yuji Kanazawa, Katsuhiko Suzuki, Seiki Arai
Shinichi Ota
Chon Wolson, Asaoka Makiko, Min Youngchi
Shinichi Ota
production company
world sales
Dan Papia
119 minutes
color, digital
Shinichi Ota

Born in 1960 in Fukuoka, Japan, he worked for a computer firm before moving to the producing and directing of Japanese television properties. He has produced numerous documentaries for both the state-sponsored NHK as well as Japan’s big private broadcasters. In 1996, he also became the first Japanese to work on a documentary for the Korean public broadcaster KBS, and is known throughout the Japanese industry for his specialty work in all things Korean. Wolson: Aria of the Straits marks Ota’s feature film debut.