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Time Out says

The film reveals its entire plot in its opening moments: Itsuki, widower and successful businessman, will learn in Europe that he has cancer, and reappraise his dealings with family, colleagues and friends. Dropping the element of narrative 'surprise' works as a bold distancing device, the last thing you'd expect from the director of Kwaidan and Rebellion; it enables him to view Itsuki with a kind of engaged dispassion, and to make clear-eyed points about Japanese social conventions and ethics without troubling to keep a melodrama on the boil. Despite stretches that betray its origin in a TV serial (of twice the length), the result is exceptionally innovative for a Japanese film-maker of the older generation. The web of documentary, fiction and fantasy coalesces into a commitment to change that's emotionally tough, and never for a second sentimental.

Release Details

  • Duration:209 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Masaki Kobayashi
  • Screenwriter:Shun Inagaki, Takeshi Toshida
  • Cast:
    • Shin Saburi
    • Keiko Kishi
    • Hisashi Igawa
    • Kei Yamamoto
    • Orié Sato
    • Komaki Kurihara
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