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25 August 2012 (Japan) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Ken Takakura ... Eiji Kurashima
Yûko Tanaka ... Yôko Kurashima
Kôichi Satô ... Nanbara
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi ... Yûji Tamiya
Kimiko Yo ... Tamiko Hamasaki
Haruka Ayase ... Naoko Hamasaki

Takahiro Miura ... Takuya Ôura
Takashi Okamura ... Restaurant patron
Toshie Negishi (as Kie Negishi)
Kô Inoue (as Yasushi Inoue)
Karin Okada
Yuka Nozawa
Nobuhiro Mitomo
Hideji Ôtaki ... Gorô Ôura
Kyôzô Nagatsuka ... Kazuo Tsukamoto

Mieko Harada ... Kumiko Tsukamoto

Tadanobu Asano ... Policeman

Takeshi Kitano ... Teruo Sugino (as Bîto Takeshi)

Directed by
Yasuo Furuhata 
Writing credits
Takeshi Aoshima (written by)

Produced by
Michiomi Fukita .... producer
Hiroshi Hattori .... producer
Jun'ichirô Hayashi .... associate producer
Takashi Hiraki .... producer
Minami Ichikawa .... executive producer
Kôichi Iwamoto .... producer
Kiyomi Kanazawa .... coordinating producer
Tôru Kenjô .... producer
Toshimi Kokubo .... producer
Mitsuharu Maeda .... producer
Manabu Miyagi .... producer
Yasushi Nakai .... producer
Tetsurô Sasaguri .... producer
Yoshihiro Satô .... producer
Jun'ichi Shindô .... producer
Shin'ya Yamamoto .... producer
Eisaku Yoshikawa .... producer
Original Music by
Yûsuke Hayashi 
Cinematography by
Jun'ichirô Hayashi 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
Production Design by
Kyôko Yauchi 
Sound Department
Tsutomu Kawahigashi .... dolby sound consultant
Mikio Mori .... dolby sound consultant
Visual Effects by
Masaru Tateishi .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Hiroki Nakamura .... gaffer
Tetsuro Sano .... camera operator: second unit
Editorial Department
Tarô Kuwayama .... color timer
Ai Mabuchi .... color timer
Minoru Nomoto .... first assistant editor
Jun Yamashita .... digital intermediate colorist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Anata e" - Japan (original title)
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110 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful meditation on life and marriage, 30 March 2013
Author: sharptongue from Sydney, Australia

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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