Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Case Study No. 1381: Mitsue Fukuyoshi

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????? Also known as "The Face of Jizo". 2004 adaptation of the play by Hisashi Inoue. Music: Brahms Clarinet Quintet In B Minor, Op.115.

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From imdb.com:

The Face of Jizo/Chichi to kuraseba (2004)

Based on a play by Hisashi Inoue, it focuses on the sufferings of the survivors of Hiroshima. The film takes place during 4 days in the summer of 1948. Mitsue (Miyazawa Rie), a young librarian, survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast; three years later, tormented by the guilt of continuing to exist when so many perished, she leads a quiet, almost moribund life. But she reckons without the ghostly intervention of Takezo (Yoshio Harada), her father, who returns from the grave in benevolent but disciplinarian paternal form to encourage his devastated daughter to allow herself to engage once again with the world of the living.


From wikipedia.org:

"The Face of Jizo" is a Japanese play written by Hisashi Inoue.

The play is adapted for a film "Chichi to Kuraseba" directed by Kazuo Kuroki, starring by Rie Miyazawa, Yoshio Harada and Tadanobu Asano, in 2004. It was filmed as the 3rd and concluding volume of Kazuo Kuroki's "Trilogy works for War Requiem".

The story goes with the conversations between a daughter, a survivor of the atomic bombing and her father's ghost like a rapid-fire two-man act in attractive Hiroshima dialect. But, it is also the daughter's anguish to be acquitted from the fact that she could be survived but her father couldn't.

Three years after the atomic bombing, there is a young female librarian in Hiroshima. Her name is "Mitsue" who lost her father by the atomic bombing, and he was her only family member.

Mitsue as a survivor, living alone, feeling sad and missing her father.

One day, a young man visit her library to study and find the morgue of the atomic bombing. Then Mitsue and the young man will meet and be attracted by each other. But, when Mitsue think about her father, she feels "I cannot be happy", so, when he asked her go out, Mitsue will try to refuse him.

At that night, her father Takezo's ghost will appear at Mitsue to cheer her up, then Takezo will begin to try to open Mitsue's heart, because he wants her to be happy and hopes to have a chance to fall in love with the young man.


* Rie Miyazawa as "Mitsue Fukuyoshi", a young lady.
* Yoshio Harada as "Takezo Fukuyoshi", a ghost of Mitsue's father.
* Tadanobu Asano as "Masa Kinoshita", a young man.

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