Chronicle of my Mother
わが母の記 (Wagahaha no Ki)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Focus on Koji Yakusho
New York Premiere
Masato Harada's moving period drama about the relationship between a self-centered writer and his ageing mother draws on an autobiographical novel by Yasushi Inoue. Kosaku (Koji Yakusho, Shall We Dance?), married with four daughters, is a successful writer and tyrannical husband and father. When his mother (Kirin Kiri) begins to display signs of dementia, duty demands that he take care of her. She moves in and, as her grip on reality loosens, facts about the past--specifically why she saw fit to abandon her son after the war--come to light. Chronicle is an unabashedly emotional epic with shades of Yasujiro Ozu's melodramatic masterpieces. Winner of the Special Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Japan. 2011. 118 min., 35mm, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Masato Harada. With Koji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Kaho Minami, Rentaro Mikuni.
Part of JAPAN CUTS 2012
Part of Focus on Koji Yakusho
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