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Drama - Completed 2013

Japan's top actor, Satoshi Tsumabuki teams with world-renowned director, Yuya Ishii. Yuya Ishii confirms his growing global recognition as a directorial talent with his positive depiction of a fight against cancer while employing a unique comedic sense and a fresh perspective on the family.

& Awards

Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
A Window on Asian Cinema
Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
A Window on Asian Cinema
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2014
Window to Asia
Cairo IFF 2014
Special Presentation
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2014
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2014
Cineaste Delights
Japanese Film Festival (Australia) 2014
Official Screening
Montréal World FF 2014
World Greats
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 117 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yuya ISHII
    • Writer(s)
    • Yuya ISHII
    • Producer(s)
    • Takuro NAGAI (RIKI Project)
    • Synopsis
    • Passing sixty, Reiko is a mother who frets about her radically-deteriorating memory. She easily forgets names of people and things. But this happens to everybody, or so her husband and two grown sons believe. When, however, that forgetfulness causes embarrassment for the family and ultimately concern for Reiko's mental health, a trip to the hospital ensues and yields tragic results: she has a brain tumor and likely has only a week to live.
      "I'm terrified of seeing our family fall apart." These are Reiko's last words before lapsing into a dementia-like state that compels her to express her innermost thoughts and feelings about family and an old flame. Her husband and two sons are at complete loss as to how to deal with the situation as all the suppressed problems of an "ordinary family" come bubbling to the surface: the family's heavy debts, a dysfunctional lifestyle, the boys' disaffection toward their parents, and a pathetic reliance of the parents on their children.
      With the light of life suddenly about to flicker out on Reiko, the question of "What is family?" looms up to demand an answer… from the father, mother, the two sons and the eldest son's wife. Here is a new family story for a new age, and it comes with an unexpected miracle.