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A Girl Missing (2019)

Yokogao (original title)
A home-care nurse's relationship with the family she has spent years working for is threatened when her nephew is arrested for kidnapping their daughter.

Director:

Kôji Fukada

Writers:

Kôji Fukada (Writer), Kazumasa Yonemitsu (Writer)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Mariko Tsutsui ... Ichiko
Mikako Ichikawa Mikako Ichikawa ... Motoko Oishi
Sôsuke Ikematsu Sôsuke Ikematsu ... Kazumichi Yoneda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kentez Asaka ... Reporter
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Kenji Tozuka
Miyu Ozawa Miyu Ozawa ... Saki Oishi
Ren Sudo Ren Sudo ... Tatsuo Suzuki
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Ichiko is a care-giver and a nurse. She provide home-care to the Oishos' elderly woman and is almost considered part of the family as she visits and performs her tasks routinely. What is more, Ichiko is helping Oisho Motoko to also become a care-giver and potentially replace her one day. The two have become close, which is useful when Motoko's sister Saki disappears. She is returned safely one week later, but the kidnapper is too close to home. Written by aghaemi

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Slow burning, uninvolving drama despite good intentions of the film makers
12 March 2020 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this at the Film Fest Ghent 2019 (filmfestival.be/en). Slow burning should not always be a problem, were it not that in this film nothing much happens, all things considered. I had expected something more substantial after Harmonium / Fuchi ni tatsu (2016). If anything, it at least succeeds in making abundantly clear, is that a series of small things, on itself mostly innocent and beyond anyone's control, can do a lot of damage when combined, resulting in derailing someone's complete life.

Reputation is important, in that part of the world even more than here, and can affect the relationship with your fiancée (who is a medical doctor), can slam the door to future jobs (as a nurse), and can work out badly on your current job (nursing an elderly mother). All these problems come together in this story. Several scenes try to make clear to us, from glances exchanged, that there is more to it than we think we know at that moment, leaving it up to us to guess what lies underneath.

All in all, despite obvious good intentions of the filmmakers, neither plot nor developments involved me in any way. It all comes down to an unfortunate combination of circumstances. Our main protagonist cannot help it in any way, it just happens around her. The world crumbles down and she is helpless in the process. It may all be very tragic. But a real drama should offer more, like leaving me pondering what would I've done in these circumstances to arrive at a better outcome. Or letting me fantasize what the main protagonist should have done to avert the omens at hand. But I was not involved enough to make either effort.


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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 July 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Girl Missing See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagareyama, Chiba, Japan See more »

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Kadokawa, MK2 Productions See more »
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1.66 : 1
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