Based on the autobiographical novel by Yasushi Inoue.
Kosaku Igami (Koji Yakusho, Shall We Dance?, Babel) is a successful writer who oversees his family (his wife and three daughters and his two sisters) and a literary empire from their beautiful home in Tokyo. When his mother, Yae (Kirin Kiki, Until the Break of Dawn, Still Walking), begins to show signs of dementia, his family agrees to let her live with them. For Kosaku however, the decision forces him to confront painful memories. As a boy he was sent away by his mother to be raised separately for reasons he has never fully understood. Can Kosaku reconcile with his mother before her memory fades completely?
Awarded Best Actress (Kirin Kiki) at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards, Best Cinematography at the Mainichi Film Concours 2012, and the Special Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2011.
Inoue was born in 1907 in Hokkaido but was raised in Shizuoka by his grandmother. In the 1930s, he worked for Mainichi Newspaper in the culture department. He received the Akutagawa Prize, the highest literary honor in Japan, in 1949 for his novel “Bullfight” (Togyu). He resigned from Mainichi shortly afterwards and became a prolific writer, producing 50 novels and over 150 short stories. In 1976 he was awarded the “Order of Culture” by the Emperor of Japan, the highest honor granted for artistic merit in Japan. Inoue passed away in 1991.
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