Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) - until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.Written by
Still struggling, still waiting, still walking.....
Some of the Japanese films not adapted from the clueless, childish and absurd Japanese comics books like this one and "Aruitemo aruitemo(Still Walking) 2008" were the living proof that Japanese can still make normal, more down to earth, serious enough movies. They are instant classic. Thanks to IMDB's Trivia, allowing me to know that the title of this film was originated from the lyrics, a beautiful song sang by the immortal Teresa Teng.
Also, what I'd like to point out here is, Kirin Kiki's, the "Mother" role she played in both of the films are just speechlessly superb!! One of the very best supporting female actors I've rarely found in recent years. Her performances had made these films look more real and natural. Every act moment by her in these films should be seriously studied if you want to know what is the ultimate "Performing Art".
I wish both the Japanese and American movie industries could abandon doing movies adapted from their comics books, especially away from those unrealistic fantasies as those ridiculous "Super heroes" violent junk, and return to the real world.
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