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A Quiet Life (1995)

Shizukana seikatsu (original title)
Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.

Director:

Jûzô Itami

Writers:

Jûzô Itami, Kenzaburô Oe (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Masayuki Imai Masayuki Imai ... Arai
Nobuko Miyamoto
Hinako Saeki Hinako Saeki ... Maa-chan
Mihoko Shibata Mihoko Shibata
Atsuro Watabe ... Iiyo
Tsutomu Yamazaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Satomi Achiwa Satomi Achiwa
Hisako Hara Hisako Hara
Tokie Hidari Tokie Hidari
Shinobu Kawamata Shinobu Kawamata
Toshizô Kudô Toshizô Kudô
Noboru Mitani Noboru Mitani
Tamaki Ogawa Tamaki Ogawa ... Weather Woman
Nobuto Okamoto Nobuto Okamoto
Kôzô Satô Kôzô Satô
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Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.

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Drama

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A triumph of humanism
7 June 2006 | by alice_fryeSee all my reviews

Japanese filmmakers have a gift for translating the tenets of humanist thought onto celluloid. Akira Kurosawa created several such masterpieces, from Ikiru to the triumphant Red Beard; Shunji Iwai contributed the wacky but thought-provoking Swallowtail; Juzo Itami gave us Daibyonin (The Last Dance) and this little treasure.

Iiyo is regarded as one of society's unfortunates, a "retard" as one schoolgirl exclaims, but he has a lovely, even enviable world view, one which, admittedly, the people closest to him are slow to pick up on. In fact, the "normal" folks in this film seem almost neurotic, as they manufacture complex and troublesome meanings and motives to explain Iiyo's behavior.

Long ago, a college professor advised me and 499 classmates to try to experience the world through the eyes of a severely handicapped person. He promised that it would be a most rewarding exercise. Juzo Itami captured this sentiment on film in a beautiful and thoughtful way.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 September 1995 (Japan) See more »

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Itami Productions See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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