Directed by: Yasuo Furuhata 2012 | 111 min.

Section: Spotlight on Japan

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Japan

Languages: Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Drama, Road Movie


Sponsored by:

Hawaiian Airlines

Japan Foundation

One day, a widower Eiji Kurashima (Ken Takakura) receives a letter from his late wife, Yoko (Yuko Tanaka). The letter contains a picture of a sparrow and her wish for him to “take her ashes to her hometown and bury her in the sea.” Eiji met and married Yoko when they were both in their fifties. The letter comes as a surprise to Eiji who had thought the 15 years of living together had brought complete understanding of each other. Why had she not told him of her wishes when she was alive?

To better understand her intent, Eiji decides to fulfill her request. Jumping onto his RV, which the two had hoped to ride one day together for their trips around the country, Eiji heads south to Yoko’s hometown. Along the journey he befriends strangers with stories of family and marital troubles, and memories of Yoko enliven his heart. But when he arrives at his destination and scatters her ashes, will he discover what she had meant?


Thursday, October 11 7:30 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Saturday, October 13 11:00 AM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Sunday, October 21 11:30 AM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Yasuo Furuhata
Screenwriter Takeshi Aoshima, Yasuo Furuhata, Seichi Ichiko
Producer Minami Ichikawa
Cast Ken Takakura, Yuko Tanaka
Cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi

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