Family - Completed 2016

A remarkable human-interest film inspired by the life of Vincent van Gogh.

& Awards

Stockholm IFF 2016
Thessaloniki IFF 2016
Special Jury Award for Best Director - Bronze Alexander, Best Actress Award
Stockholm IFF 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Family, First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 117 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yosuke TAKEUCHI
    • Writer(s)
    • Yosuke TAKEUCHI
    • Producer(s)
    • Yosuke TAKEUCHI (K-Zone)
    • Synopsis
    • After the Great Earthquake in Northeastern Japan, Mitsuo (37) is sent to a mental hospital from the strain of grief from working to clear out the debris of the disaster.
      When he is released 3 years later, he feels a moment of happiness as he is welcomed back by his brother Yuta(35), his wife Yoko(32), their first daughter Chie (9), and their second daughter Itsuki (3), who has a down syndrome. The next day, Chie wishes to go to the amusement park, and Mitsuo takes Chie and Itsuki there. Yuta and Yoko happily agree to this idea. But these happy moments don’t last long, and the incident happens at the park. Chie dropped Itsuki on the concrete when Mitsuo took his eyes off of them. Despite of the medical treatment by the emergency crew, Itsuki was never to breathe again. Yoko, who cannot accept Itsuki’s death, madly questions Chie and Mitsuo. In this pressure, Chie lies that “Uncle Mitsuo dropped Itsuki.” As Yoko goes through a mental breakdown from the shock of her daughter's death, her husband Yuta is concerned about his brother, Mitsuo. Yoko starts to feel a deep distrust toward Yuta. Itsuki’s death unfolds the deepest problem within the family which had existed ever since she was born. Mitsuo goes down to the river to pile up rocks in order to show his grief toward Itsuki’s death. During this, he is strongly attracted to a small, white rock. Feeling Itsuki’s spirit within the rock, Mitsuo takes the rock to Yoko and tries to give it to her, apologizing for forgiveness. However, this action only accelerated her anger. Mitsuo decides to take on the full responsibility and confess to the police that “I dropped Itsuki.”
      Becoming full with regret day by day, Yoko accuses Yuta and questions if he felt relieved that Itsuki died. Hearing this fight between her parents, Chie’s heart was also slowly being teared apart. Not being able to bear the agony, Chie confess the truth to her mother. However, she tells Chie that “You can’t tell this to anyone.”
      Being released from the police by lack of evidence, Mitsuo was still in deep distress, when he sees a dead sunflower by chance. Like his actions were led by something indescribable, he takes out the seeds and starts to plant them as if he were praying.
      Seeing her uncle’s actions, Chie’s emotions are deeply moved and she finally confess to her father that she was the one who dropped her sister. Feeling shocked from his daughter’s confession, he decides to put Mitsuo back to a mental institution after a deep thought.
      Time passed, and Yuta is living alone, when Chie suddenly visits him without notice. He starts to think again about the life with his daughter and his wife.
      Yuta decides to take Chie to a picnic. As she stares blankly out the car window, he tells her that they should “go to a city where no one knows us and start over.” They arrive at a quiet, desert land.