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The life of Soma, a former graduate from a Tokyo medical school, changes abruptly after taking a job in a small mountain village as a medical assistant for the local doctor named Ito. When a widow with a severe, terminal disease explains that she wishes to keep her condition hidden from her own family, Soma begins to wonder if this is only ththe first of the many secrets that are being kept in this town.
Miwa Nishikawa has become the leading woman director in Japan since the beginning of her career. This is her latest work after the films Wild Berries (2003) and Sway (2006) and has proven yet another outstanding development for her as a film maker. The cast features an incredible repertoire of celebrities. In the role of Ito, the popular Japanese television celebrity and actor, Tsurube Shofukutei, develops splendidly his first lead performance.
"He dominates the film as Ito dominates the village, and his superb performance brings the questions about fake expertise and real concern into very sharp focus." - Tony Rayns, London Film Festival 2010.
Dir: Miwa Nishikawa, 2009, 35mm, 127min, Colour, English Subtitles, 1.85:1
Cast: Tsurube Shofukutei, Eita, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruka Igawa, Kimiko Yo, Kaoru Yachigusa
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