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Dearest (2012)
"Anata e" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  25 August 2012 (Japan)
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A prison officer hands in his resignation after his wife's death, to drive to the port where she wants her ashes scattered at sea.

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Eiji Shimakura
Yûko Tanaka ...
Yoko Shimakura
Kôichi Satô ...
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Tamiya Yuji
Kimiko Yo ...
Hamazaki Tamiko
Haruka Ayase ...
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Takahiro Miura ...
Ohura Takiya
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Ohura Goro
Kyôzô Nagatsuka ...
Tsukamoto Kazuo
Mieko Harada ...
Tsukamoto Kumiko
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Sugino Teruo (as Beat Takeshi)
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Kie Negishi
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A prison officer hands in his resignation after his wife's death, to drive to the port where she wants her ashes scattered at sea.

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Beautiful meditation on life and marriage
30 March 2013 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is Ken Takakura's 205th movie, and he's as good as ever. Japan's Clint Eastwood just keeps on giving.

Ken plays a senior prison officer who hands in his resignation to fulfil his wife's last wish : to have her ashes scattered at sea in her home town, some 1200 km away. Ken's boss won't accept the resignation, instead insisting that it be vacation leave. To keep him focused, his wife had letters sent to him after her death, secretly via a friend. Ken will only be able to read her final letter after scattering the ashes.

So Ken sets off in a campervan, encountering memorable characters and reflecting on his happy marriage. He changes lives and is changed. Ken is riveting, playing the part with warmth, humility and just enough clumsiness to make him real. The cast is uniformly excellent, the pace of the story gentle but never too slow, the plot compelling till the final frames. Sentimental without being sugary.

Highly recommended.


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