Osaka Asian Film Festival 2024
| 第19回大阪アジアン映画祭 Osaka Asian Film Festival 2024



In a story told straight and with restraint we watch Naoko Hanami. She quit her job to look after her dementia-stricken mother Kiyo while the health of her father, Eiji, worsens with age. Struggling alone, she presents a stoic face to the world, too quiet and maybe too scared to speak up for herself. Finally, she turns to the city office to apply for welfare which is where caseworker Munemura, a genuine and sympathetic person, starts to investigate Naoko to see if she qualifies for help.
As Naoko’s life is described on screen, the details broach topics and fill in social context to make her situation more relatable while also being topical as the theme of elder care and public welfare are explored. Powerful acting from the entire cast, led by an absorbing NISHIHARA Aki as Naoko, makes the character’s plight deeply moving. [Jason MAHER]


March 5, 21:10
Cine Libre Umeda Cinema 4

March 8, 10:20
ABC Hall

Director: YOSHIDA Kota (吉田浩太)

NISHIHARA Aki (西原亜希)
ITO Haruhi (イトウハルヒ)
ONOZUKA Rao (小野塚老)
MIYA Naoko (みやなおこ)
ASHIHARA Kensuke (芦原健介)
MARUYAMA Nao (丸山奈緒)

2024 | Japan | 98min. | Language: Japanese | Subtitles: English
Distributor: Shaiker

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