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Memories of Tomorrow (2006)

Ashita no kioku (original title)
A successful businessman's family life is shattered by an early onset of Alzheimer's.

Director:

Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writers:

Hiroshi Ogiwara (novel), Hakaru Sunamoto (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
10 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ken Watanabe ... Masayuki Saeki
Kanako Higuchi Kanako Higuchi ... Emiko Saeki
Kenji Sakaguchi Kenji Sakaguchi ... Naoya Ito
Kazue Fukiishi Kazue Fukiishi ... Rie Saeki
Asami Mizukawa Asami Mizukawa ... Keiko Ikuno
Noritake Kinashi ... Shigeyuki Kizaki
Mitsuhiro Oikawa Mitsuhiro Oikawa ... Takehiro Yoshida
Eri Watanabe Eri Watanabe ... Kimiko Hamano (as Eriko Watanabe)
Teruyuki Kagawa ... Atsushi Kawamura
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Usaburou Sugawara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô
Yoshihiko Hakamada
Sô Hirosawa Sô Hirosawa
Isamu Ichikawa Isamu Ichikawa
Hana Kino Hana Kino
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A successful businessman's family life is shattered by an early onset of Alzheimer's.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 May 2006 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Memories of Tomorrow See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,808, 18 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$140,200, 16 December 2007
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Dolby Digital
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Last Samurai co-star shows off his talent
18 June 2006 | by tokikoSee all my reviews

Ashita no Kikoku or "remembering for tomorrow" features a man who is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's Disease. Ken Watanabe who has costarred Last Samurai play this man with considerable talent and good physical expression, which might help the non- Japanese audience understand better about the patient. His memory and thoughts go back and forth stirring up the present, while the scenes follow this condition. Pictures are kept above all stylish and the mountainous setting is to appeal mysterious functioning of our memories ("Kioku" in Japanese) .

This man called Mr. Saeki is far from a good family man; he used to be workaholic deserting family for his company business. This is understandable because he works for a major Japanese firm in Tokyo; the film does not take up this issue but strictly focuses on the development of the Disease.

Mrs. Saeki does not bring any social issues to screen, either. She is described as a woman who lives with her memories of loving her husband. By only trying to keep the family together, she might have avoided other hardship ever since they married.

Over all, this movie is a love story within a happy married couple. There are no adventure, no heroic actions, no powerful social message involved in this film, but every scene is carefully chosen and often "speaks" without words. It would show much more up- to-date image on Japanese middle class life than any costly government-endorsed tourism campaign videos and movies.


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