Film stresses love as treasure

Film stresses love as treasure


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Photo: Sundream Motion Pictures Ltd
Dearest (Anata E) is a beautiful movie about the relationship between a husband and his wife, who died of cancer. Iconic actor Ken Takakura, known as the "Clint Eastwood of Japan", plays Eiji, a prison officer in the northwestern part of the main island of Honshu. He loses his wife, Yoko (Yuko Tanaka) at the age of 53 and misses her dearly.

One day, he sees a letter his wife wrote before she died, asking him to spread her ashes by the river near her hometown on the southern island of Kyushu. The request sets him on a journey on which he meets strangers and hears their stories, including another widower (Takeshi Kitano), and two food-stall cooks (Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of Smap, and Koichi Sato).

As the story unfolds, the audience sees Eiji's loving memories of his wife contrasting with the lonely stories of his friends on the road who have drifted from their loved ones. Soon, Eiji realises he is different from them - a traveller, not a drifter - because he has his love and memories of his beloved wife.

The old-school film may not have a dramatic storyline or an over-the-top ending, though there is a nice twist in one cook's story. But it is a touching film that forces us to take a break in our hectic lives and think about the relationships that count.

YP Rating: 4/5

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