Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi • Drama • With Toru Shinagawa, Takako Tokiwa, Yumi Adachi, Hirona Yamazaki, Shunsuke Kubozuka, Shusaku Uchida, Takehiro Murata, • 2014 • 171 minutes
At 2:46 PM on March 11, 2013, Mitsuo Suzuki takes his last breath at the ripe old age of 92. As the patriarch’s far-flung family gathers to make preparations for his passing, a mysterious and unknown woman appears among them. Together, they begin to unravel the secret history of Mitsuo’s long life—including shocking tales of war in the island of Sakhalin—in an exploration of lost love, memory, war, and art.
Ruthlessly fragmenting scenes and setting a furious pace with one experimental technique following another, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s breathless film breaks down the barriers between past and present, reality and illusion, and self and other, creating an emotionally profound experience of loss and hope.
"A lovely consideration of life and death." - The Alliance of Women Film Journalists