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Orpheus' Lyre (2013)

Sakura, futatabi no Kanako (original title)
Yoko lost her young daughter Kanako through an accident and she grieves heavily. The guilt that Yoko feels drives her to commit suicide in her daughter's bedroom. Yoko is saved, but, since ... See full summary »

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Ryôko Hirosue ...
Yoko
Gorô Inagaki ...
Nobuki
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Sei Andô
Kyôko Enami ...
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Mayuko Fukuda
Kentaro Kishi
Shôichirô Masumoto
Hideki Nagai
Wataru Nishioka
Shizuka Ohya
Shô Takada ...
Masami
Rie Tanaka
Minori Toda
Ryôhei Tominaga
Hideyuki Yamashiro
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Yoko lost her young daughter Kanako through an accident and she grieves heavily. The guilt that Yoko feels drives her to commit suicide in her daughter's bedroom. Yoko is saved, but, since then, acts strange. Meanwhile, her husband Nobuki wants to get her out of the situation and support his wife. One day, Yoko meets a pregnant female high school student, Masami. Yoko becomes confident that the baby the student carries is her daughter Kanako reincarnated. ~~~ Based on the novel "Futatabi no Kanako" by Kiyomi Niitsu (published August, 2000). Written by ahloy-419-149174

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6 April 2013 (Japan)  »

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Outstanding
4 December 2013 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The outstanding film I saw at this year's Japanese Film Festival, Orpheus's Lyre is a grand showcase for the star. Ryoko Hirosue is riveting as Yoko, the woman living any mother's worst nightmare, the death of a young daughter, and in extreme and long-term denial.

Although the situation is universal, Japanese mourning rituals are given solid coverage. The 49th day after death is considered crucial, as the date at which the soul passes from this world to the next and, therefore, the date from when the living are expected to get on with life.

But Yoko doesn't move on. The ache of the loss that simply won't heal takes an awful toll on her husband and friends, who try doggedly and unsuccessfully to help her move on, and to guide her away from the misguided and damaging belief that daughter Kanako's spirit has entered another living child.

The supporting cast do a fine job, but rarely do they manage to take attention away from R. This is a star vehicle par excellence. Highly recommended.


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