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Memories of Tomorrow
12/10/2010 10:28


2006 / 35mm / Vista /122 min / Color /

Production Companies:
Toei/ Sumitomo Corporation/ Toei Video/ Nippan/ Kobunsha/ Yomiuri Shimbun/ K Dash

Directed by: Yukihiko Tsutsumi                            Photography: Satoru Karasawa
Screenplay by: Hakaru Sunamoto, Uiko Miura       Art Director: Hajime Oikawa

Based on a story by: Hiroshi Ogiwara                    Music: Michiru Oshima
Masayuki Saeki: Ken Watanabe                            Rie Saeki, their daughter: Kazue Fukiishi
Emiko Saeki, his wife: Kanako Higuchi                   Naoya Ito, her fiancé: Kenji Sakaguchi


©2006 MEMORIES OF TOMORROW Production Committee

Best Actor Award (Ken Watanabe) at Japanese Academy Award (2007)

The viewer is shown a scene of a man who is disabled by Alzheimer’s Disease, set in the year 2010. The story then begins proper by switching back to an earlier stage in the life of the man, Masayuki Saeki in 2004. Masayuki Saeki is a brilliant and successful advertising company executive. Saeki is shown to be a prime example of an ideal Japanese white collar worker. He is strict, well organized, hard working, devoted to his job, and sets very high standards for himself and his subordinates. However he is soon shocked to realize that he is failing to meet up to his perfect standards. He starts inexplicably forgetting things – appointments, details of his work, and his knowledge of the layout of Tokyo. Following this he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, to which he reacts with great anger, disbelief and despair. What follows through the rest of the film is a tragic, emotional and very human portrayal of the suffering and the decline of this once powerful, soaring man to that of a pitiful state that resembles a second childhood as the disease wears him down. As the years pass, his memory worsens. He leaves work, and lives at home being cared for by his devoted wife Emiko. Inevitably tensions surface between Masayuki and his wife and daughter, and it reaches the point where Emiko's life revolves around taking care of her debilitated husband.


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