During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends Munezo and Samon as he leaves their clan's fiefdom on the northwest coast of Japan ... See full summary »
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.
Forgive me for asking, but what are you doing in Yanaka Vilage? Shouldn't you be somewhere closer to the front lines?
Call me a drop-out if you want, Dr. Nakamura. I don't mind.
I'm sorry. I didn't mean that.
It's all right. I don't think there's anything wrong with it ... In Tokyo I was always trying to be everyone's idea of perfect and at the same time live up to my own ideals. I couldn't take it.
I shouldn't have pried. I tend to be solitary by nature. I have a bad habit of testing people to...
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A couple moves to husband's home village, where he was born as a son of a farmer. Husband is a novelist who won an award ten years ago, but since then nothing has been printed. Wife was a doctor of a leading edge hospital in Tokyo, but had been so busy that she had a panic disorder. In the village she works as an only doctor in the village. This movie describes how the couple are "healed" in this village community, particularly "Oume-san", a 96 years old woman living in a tiny temple of Amitabha Buddha, and Sayuri, a young woman who lost voice but writes for Oume-san. Actual lead is Oume-san. She is lively, frank, hardworking, and simple. This is a story of Oume-san, and the life in beautiful four seasons in Japanese village. The plot is fairly simple, except death of the teacher Kouda and healing of Sayuri. The movie seems to tell a single message through these contrasted episodes.
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