Takemura has no friends and no family. He's a student but he doesn't have any particular ambitions. In other words, he isn't going anywhere fast. Were all this not enough, the sorry sad sack has a debt of 800,000 yen. Fukuhara, a surly debt collector with a glorious mullet, is on his case. After roughing Takemura up, he gives him an ultimatum-72 hours to pay up, or else. Takemura barely has his wits about him again when he runs across Fukuhara a second time, and this time the thug has a different proposal-a walk. That's right, in exchange for a million yen, Takemura must accompany Fukuhara on a walk across the city of Tokyo. Starting in a distant corner of the city, they begin their trek towards downtown, striking up a conversation. It's at this point that Fukuhara admits that he's recently killed his wife, and intends to turn himself in at Kasumagaseki police station-because, he says, it's the finest in town. The pair's itinerary, however, is hardly a quick and direct one. The ...
Nicolas Archambault for Fantasia Film Festival
Did You Know?
Early in their walk Fukuhara says they should stop in a shop for some Aiyu, saying that he and his wife always came here for Aiyu after they had had a fight. Takemura doesn't know what it is. A woman brings them both bowls filled with what looks like yellow jello, and Takemura says it tastes like lemon. In fact it is is a jelly made from the gel from the seeds of a variety of fig. See more
Happiness creeps into you so quietly that you don't notice, but misfortune arrives very abruptly.