By Yoshimasa JIMBO


Children's - Completed 2014

How long does the reincarnation last?

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Children's, Family
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 76 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yoshimasa JIMBO
    • Writer(s)
    • Yoshimasa JIMBO
    • Synopsis
    • An elementary school boy, Shogo, catches insects and collects them at home every day during his school's winter break. His school mate girl, Kanon pleads with him to become his pupil. Shogo allows it and starts to teach her how to catch insects and mount them. In Kanon's house, he put the giant stag beetle in a fridge to kill it. It's found by her mother, Yoko, and she complains about it to Shogo's mother, Kaori.

      Shogo continues to teach Kannon mounting. After completing her first specimen, Shogo and Kaori go to Kanon's house to apologize to Yoko. Yoko's husband, Yuji, is a professor and thinks that mounting insects is good to develop children's curiosity. Yoko argues that she feels sorry when they are killed. Even seeing adults' different views of life and death, Shogo has no doubt to make his insect specimens.

      On New Year's Eve, Shogo, Toru and Kaori come to see Shogo's grandfather, Tadashi. Before departing to Tadashi's house, Toru finds a butterfly's specimen in a rubbish bin.

      On the way to Tadashi's house, Toru blames Shogo for throwing it away. Shogo says he doesn't want to add it to his collection, because its wings are broken. Toru maintains that Shogo should cherish insects lives and tells him to try and think that it can be someone’s reincarnation. Shogo promises that he will add it to his collection after coming back to home.

      Tadashi treats his dead wife's ashes as a living figure, but Shogo notices that the noodles Tadashi offers to her for the new year remains in the bowl. Shogo starts to think the reason why the noodles don't disappear is because his grandmother has already reincarnated into something else. Before going back to his home, Shogo tells Tadashi about that.

      After coming back to home, Shogo examines his grandmother's ashes brought from his grandfather's house with his microscope and thinks the reincarnation philosophy over in his collection room. At midnight, Shogo comes to his parents' bedroom and asks how long reincarnation continues. Kaori tells him that nothing lasts forever, even reincarnation. She also tells him that the time three of them can spend together is precious because it will end someday.

      The next day, Shogo and Kaori send Toru off to the airport. Shogo asks Toru to come back to Japan soon.
      A few days later, Shogo goes to the river with Kanon to scatter the ashes. Without knowing the purpose, she helps him to collect stones and set up an altar. After offering some incenses, he scatters the ashes to the river. Right after it, the wind blows. He explains to her that it's gratitude from his grandmothe