Cast & Crew
Eighteen-year-old, plain-Jane Kiyomi witnesses the death of her parents in a country road accident. Her sister, the comely wannabe actress Sumika, returns to the family's small rural homestead to collect her inheritance before the bodies are cold. Big brother and local wood-cutter, Shinji, informs Sumika about cash flows and tells her she has to wait. Since Sumika can't afford to return to Tokyo, the out-of-work actress takes up residency in her old room alongside her siblings and Shinji's desperately cheerful wife, Machiko, who does her best to relieve familial tensions with forced joviality.
Based on the play "Funuke Domo, Kanashimi No Ai Wo Misero" by Yukiko Motoya, later published as a novel.
Released in United States May 2007 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Critics' Week) May 16-27, 2007.)
Released in United States May 2007
Released in United States November 2007
Released in United States October 2007
Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Critics' Week) May 16-27, 2007.
Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (A Window on Asian Cinema) October 4-12, 2007.
Released in United States November 2007 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (International Feature Competition) November 1-11, 2007.)
Released in United States October 2007 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (A Window on Asian Cinema) October 4-12, 2007.)