7.0/10
301
3 user 6 critic

Anata e (2012)

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.

Director:

Yasuo Furuhata

Writer:

Takeshi Aoshima
Reviews
4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Railroad Man (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ôtake, Ryôko Hirosue
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Kaori Momoi
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Lone wolf detective with an enormous personal grievance seeks to connect the mysterious death of his daughter to an urban legend of a villain who terrorizes Japan by insinuating himself ... See full summary »

Director: Eiichirô Hasumi
Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Yûsuke Iseya
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

While vacationing with his wife, a writer (Hidetoshi Nishijima) begins following another man (Takeshi Kitano) and woman (Shiori Kutsuna) who are guests at the resort hotel where he stays.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Sayuri Oyamada
Kizzu ritân (1996)
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up on them.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Andô, Leo Morimoto
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After receiving news about the death of his estranged friend, a workaholic IT company executive heads to his hometown to fulfill a promise he made.

Director: Kan Ishibashi
Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Akira Emoto, Takeshi Kitano
Kikujiro (1999)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto
Chi to hone (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Hirofumi Arai, Tomoko Tabata
Hagoku (TV Movie 2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The year is 1942 and Japan is in the midst of World War II. Prison warden Susumu's prisoner Seitaro escapes from his cell through the thick of winter and disappears. He was serving a life ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa
Stars: Isao Hashizume, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Masanobu Katsumura
Takeshis' (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a lookalike named Kitano, who is a struggling actor, but after the meeting, Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kotomi Kyôno, Kayoko Kishimoto
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015) is about the story of Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen who love derby race want to do the last battle with Yakuza guys.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Ben Hiura, Kôjun Itô
The Firefly (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Japanese love story that takes place during World War 2. It follows a young Japanese man who goes to war and tries to stay connected to his true love.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Stars: Ken Takakura, Yûko Tanaka, Isao Natsuyagi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Takakura ... Eiji Kurashima
Yûko Tanaka Yûko Tanaka ... Yôko Kurashima
Kôichi Satô Kôichi Satô ... Nanbara
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi Tsuyoshi Kusanagi ... Yûji Tamiya
Kimiko Yo ... Tamiko Hamasaki
Haruka Ayase ... Naoko Hamasaki
Takahiro Miura ... Takuya Ôura
Takashi Okamura Takashi Okamura ... Restaurant patron
Toshie Negishi Toshie Negishi ... (as Kie Negishi)
Kô Inoue Kô Inoue ... (as Yasushi Inoue)
Karin Okada Karin Okada
Yuka Nozawa Yuka Nozawa
Nobuhiro Mitomo Nobuhiro Mitomo
Hideji Ôtaki Hideji Ôtaki ... Gorô Ôura
Kyôzô Nagatsuka Kyôzô Nagatsuka ... Kazuo Tsukamoto
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Brangusis See more »

Filming Locations:

Toyama Prison, Toyama, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Chunichi Shimbun,Dentsu,Nikkei See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Hoshi meguri no uta
Written by Kenji Miyazawa
Performed by Yûko Tanaka
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Dearest is a Pleasant, Character Driven Drama, that takes its viewers on an Enjoyable ride across Japan

Dearest is a feature that can be described as being genuinely nice, even the atmosphere of the prison where Eiji Shimakura (Ken Takakura) originally works, possessing a climate free from negativity. Despite his wife Yoko (Yuko Tanaka) having recently passed, even this does not deter the pleasantness, Eiji resolving to continue work, until been informed of his wife's wishes: to have her ashes scattered into the ocean, off the coast of Nagasaki, where she was born, a request that was never once mentioned while she were alive. In this sense, Dearest conveys how, to know a person, is to accept surprises brought upon us when we learn secrets we didn't know existed, Eiji using the trip that requires undertaking to fulfill his wife's final endeavors, as a way to complete a promise he made to her when they were together.

Visually, the film expresses how Japan is potentially constructed of two souls: the metropolis reflects the influence of western civilization, while the city's outer-limits and countryside are comprised of establishments and locations that significantly represent the more traditional heritage of the people. The soundtrack helps lure the viewer into the story, however it is the sounds of the environments that really captivate the viewer: the bustling crowds, the retracting tides; the gusting breeze - all of this assists in establishing the setting.

Rather than the romance between Eiji and Yoko beginning when both characters are young, they are middle aged upon committing to a relationship, Yoko having worked as a singer, who occasionally visited the prison in her role as a performer, her occupation being further developed over the course of the feature. Instead of being constructed chronologically, as Eiji travels across the country, he is often reminded of the times he spent with his wife, alongside meeting others who find themselves in situations that Eiji is capable of relating to.

Additional characters include Yuji (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi) and Shinichi (Koichi Sato), who tour Japan for long durations, selling sea food; Teruo (Takeshi Kitano), a widower, who has discovered non-stereotypical methods of dealing with his grief; Takuya (Takahiro Miyra), a young man who experiences difficulty in trying to appease his fiancé; and Naoko (Haruka Aysae), who works at a restaurant with her mother (Kimiko Yo), who continues to struggle emotionally with the loss of her husband. The ensuing sub-plots illustrate how different people adapt to loss and change, while advocating the depths of the human heart, as individuals compassionately assist one another, without ulterior motive.

Traditions of honor and respect are well encapsulated, alongside compassion, which beautifully reveal traditional Japanese social behavior, this being especially emphasized by the likable characters. Affection between characters, and the same goes for Eiji and Yoko, is often depicted through action, gesture and facial expression, direct dialogue rarely used to structure this particular component, Mr Takakura and Ms Tanaka being especially brilliant in using these techniques. Despite a sub-plot revealing the pending marriage between two of the characters in the feature, we never actually see the marriage of Eiji and Yoko, nor is there a fulfilled back-story of how these characters fell in love. Although the feature is able to impressively convey aspects of their romantic connection with subtly and charm, this particular segment of the feature appears very interpretative, as though it is expected the audience shall fill in the blanks, and though further developing this story on screen would have caused the film to go well over two hours, I thoroughly believe it would have been worth it.

Moreover, the end, though conclusive in its endeavors to close the plots developed during the narrative, may leave the viewer with a feeling of lacking completion, as though a more definitive end could have been made for Eiji's character. Despite this uncertainty, the revelation he receives pleasantly makes the entirety of the feature worth-while, and though criticisms regarding its slow pace could be emphasized, Dearest is a film that feels rewarding, both entertainingly and morally, with the life lessons it presents.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed