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Despite her outwardly happy and tranquil life as a wife and new mother, Yukimo (Makiko Esumi) is regularly troubled by a horrific nightmare about the death of her grandmother. When tragedy strikes her husband, Ikuo (Tadanobu Asano), the stress forces Yukimo into hermit-like solitude until a kindly widower (Takashi Naitô) attempts to draw her from her shell. This is the first scripted film by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda, who had previously been been known for his documentaries.

Release details

Release date: Wednesday September 6 1995
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Screenwriter: Yoshihisa Ogita
Cast: Makikio Esumi
Takashi Naito
Tadanobu Asano
Goki Kashiyama
Naomi Watanabe
Midori Kiuchi