Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cast: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyoko Koizumi, Yu Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki
In Japanese, with English subtitles
An ordinary household of four (a couple and their two teenage sons) in Tokyo is being threatened to crumble when the father keeps from his family his being laid off from his job. Every other member of the household has his or her share of secrets that may be contributory to the shattering of the family. The script is basically anchored on these, resulting in a narrative that's unusual, but in a good way. The movie is almost tragic, save for the saving grace toward the film's conclusion. That final scene is unforgettable. Applause! Applause!
Date seen: January 31, 2016