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MEMORIES OF TOMORROW
Best Actor Japanese Academy Awards
"Pulses with firm conviction and gentle sincerity...by journey's end there won't be a dry eye in the house" -Variety
"Watanabe here conveys a vulnerability that is all the more heartbreaking for the fierce intensity that precedes it" -Hollywood Reporter
"Sensitively directed" -New York Post
"Artfully composed" -Chicago Tribune
"Deeply moving" -TimeOut Chicago
½ "The director, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, often uses a subjective camera to show the commonplace world melting into bewildering patterns and meanings" -Roger Ebert
Saeki (Ken Watanabe, Winner of the Japanese Academy Award for Best Actor), a sales manager of an advertisement agency, whose strong leadership abilities have brought love and respect from everyone who works for his company. Since his job is demanding, he has always relied on his good health, but lately, has become rather forgetful and blames it on his age. His only daughter's wedding is nearing, and he is looking forward to enjoying this new chapter of his life. However, one day, Saeki is struck with a sudden physical problem that starts to affect his work. He goes in for a precautionary checkup where, to his dismay, the doctor diagnoses him with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He and his wife are devastated, as he will gradually but certainly lose his memory, as well as his identity. As they start their fight against the disease, they desperately hope that Saeki will be able to work until his daughter's wedding.
Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Japan, 2006, 35mm, 122 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.