Is it love, medicare, or murder?


The epitome of a love story Suo-style
Tamiyo Kusakari x Koji Yakusho starring together again 16 years after Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance? (1996) won every award it was nominated for in the Japan Academy Prize and was remade in Hollywood. I Just Didnft Do It (2007) won 30 major movie awards. Japanfs leading movie director Masayuki Suo now presents to the world a true love story that is a quiet, complete portrayal of people faced with love and death.
Problems concerning life and death that occur in medical care for the terminally illc Questionings by the prosecutor conducted behind closed doorsc A doctor helpless against her extraordinary fatec Based on a novel of the same title by practicing attorney Tatsuki Saku, the director himself wrote the bold screenplay for this exquisite and brilliant film that runs over two hours.
The main characters are played by Tamiyo Kusakari and Koji Yakusho, back together after 16 years since Shall We Dance?. Other leading actors of the Japanese film industry, such as Tadanobu Asano and Takao Osawa, have also joined Team Suo for this production.
What is love? What is the gravity of life? A breathtaking development and a shocking conclusion that transcend such questions. Can justice be administered to love?


A final wish to the one you trust at the end of your life

Ayano Orii (Tamiyo Kusakari) is an elite respiratory specialist and a popular doctor with the patients. She becomes depressed and attempts suicide after Dr. Takai (Tadanobu Asano), a married colleague and her long-time lover, breaks up with her. She finds solace through a compassionate patient, Shinzo Egi, who is often hospitalized with severe asthma. Ayano and Egi open up to each other and develop a deep bond that transcends the doctor-patient relationship. Meanwhile, Egifs condition is worsening. Realizing that his life is coming to an end, Egi implores Ayano to do something for him. gYoufre the only one I can trust. When my time comes, let me go quickly without suffering.h Two months later, Egi goes into respiratory arrest. Should she honor her promise with Egi and halt life support, or should she try to prolong a patientfs life as long as he is still alive? Trapped between gloveh and gmedical care,h Ayano makes the grave decision! Three years later, her decision develops into a criminal case. Prosecutor Tsukahara (Takao Osawa) ferociously accuses Ayano of murder. And Ayano responds to the prosecution with a strong will of her ownc


Starring Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho, Tadanobu Asano, Takao Osawa
Based on a novel by Tatsuki Saku (published by Kobunsha Bunko)
Directed and screenplay written by Masayuki Suo
Produced by Chihiro Kameyama
Executive Producer: Shoji Masui
Planning: Yasushi Ogawa, Minami Ichikawa, Yuji Ogata
Producers: Ken Tsuchiya, Naoto Inaba, Takao Tsuchimoto, Shintaro Horikawa
Photography: Rokuro Terada
Lighting: Tatsuya Osada
Art: Norihiro Isoda
Sound recording: Hiromichi Kohri
Editing: Junichi Kikuchi
Casting: Takefumi Yoshikawa, Yume Minamidani
Assistant Director: Shozo KataShima
Production Supervisor: Atsushi Shimane
Production Manager: Yuko Maemura
Music by Yoshikazu Suo
Ending song gTohku, Soshite Chikakuh performed by Tomoko Tane (soundtrack by ULTRA-VYBE)
Featured Song "O MIO BABBINO CARO" performed by Kiri Te Kanawa
Fuji Television Network, Toho, Altamira Pictures Present
an Altamira Pictures Production
(C)2012 Fuji Television Network, Toho, Altamira Pictures
Runtime: 2 hours 24 minutes / Screen size: Vista vision / Sound mix: Dolby digital


Masayuki Suo (director, screenwriter)
Born in Tokyo in 1956. Majoring in French Literature, he graduated from the Department of Letters, College of Arts, Rikkyo University. While a college student, he worked under directors Banmei Takahashi, Koji Wakamatsu, and Kazuyuki Izutsu as their assistant. He made his feature movie directional debut in 1989 with Fancy Dance starring Masahiro Motoki. Sumo Do, Sumo Donft (1992), which also starred Masahiro Motoki, won various awards including Best Picture at the Japan Academy Prize. Shall We Dance?, which he directed in 1996, started the ballroom dance craze in Japan and dominated the 20th Japan Academy Prize by winning 13 awards. Following its worldwide release, it was remade in Hollywood in 2005 starring Richard Gere and drew attention both domestic and abroad. Breaking his 11-year silence, he directed I Just Didnft Do It in 2007 with which he swept the film awards with the sensational subject of a man put on trial for train groping. In 2011, he released Dancing Chaplin. Suo is currently one of Japanfs leading film directors.

Comment by Director Suo: gI made I Just Didnft Do It because I wanted to show the world this reality about the criminal justice system. For this movie, the setting is the medical care system, which deals with peoplefs lives and deaths, and I want to portray how people make decisions when theyfre about lose someone they love and how theyfre judged by that. I present to you a mature, heart-wrenching love story.h

Tamiyo Kusakari (Ayano Orii)
Born in Tokyo in 1965. She started learning ballet when she was eight years old and was given her first starring role in Koi no Ito (choreographed by Asami Maki in 1984). She has won various awards as a ballerina and has given numerous performances overseas. She starred in and made her name as a movie actress with Shall We Dance? (directed by Masayuki Suo) in 1996 for which she won Best Actress in the 20th Japan Academy Prize as well as many other awards of that year. She later married Suo, the director of the movie. She retired as a ballerina in April 2009, giving her final performance in Esprit\The World of Roland Petit, which she planned, developed, and produced herself. Since then, she has appeared in theatrical productions such as Miyagino (directed by Katsuhide Suzuki, 2009) and Henry VI (directed by Yukio Ninagawa, 2010) and in TV productions such as Shinzanmono (TBS, 2011) and period drama Ryoma-den (NHK, 2011). She collaborated with Director Masayuki Suo once again in 2011 in Dancing Chaplin.

Comment by Tamiyo Kusakari: gThis movie has a deep theme and is a very big challenge for me. I havenft been in a theatrical-release movie for 16 years, but Ifll do my best to deliver what the director envisions.h

Koji Yakusho (Shinzo Egi)
Born in Nagasaki Prefecture in 1956. After working in a municipal ward office, he joined Tatsuya Nakadaifs acting studio Mumeijuku. He dominated the Best Actor prize in 14 Japanese movie awards in 1996 with his roles in Shall We Dance? (directed by Masayuki Suo), Sleeping Man (directed by Kohei Oguri), and Shabu Gokudo (directed by Tatsuoki Hosono). He also starred in Lost Paradise (1997, Yoshimitsu Morita) and films presented at international film festivals, such as The Eel (1997, directed by Shohei Imamura), which won the Palme dfOr at the Cannes Film Festival, and Eureka (2001, directed by Shinji Aoyama), which won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury also at the Cannes Film Festival. Also appearing in Memoirs of a Geisha (2005, directed by Rob Marshall), Suite Dreams (2006, directed by Koki Mitani), Babel (2007, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), I Just Didnft Do It (2007, directed by Masayuki Suo), Isoroku Yamamoto (2011, directed by Izuru Narushima), and Waga Haha no Ki (2012, directed by Masato Harada), he is Japanfs leading movie actor and a winner of many movie awards who unfailingly gives outstanding performances in productions both domestic and international. He made his directional debut with Toadfs Oil in 2009 and received the Shiju Hosho (Purple Ribbon Medal) in 2012.

Comment by Koji Yakusho: gWhat is Director Suo interested in now? What kind of movie does he want to show movie fans? People canft take their eyes off him. Again, I was surprised by this screenplay. Itfs wonderful. Ifm going to give it my best. Also, itfs my first time working with Ms. Kusakari since Shall We Dance? and Ifm looking forward it.h

Tadanobu Asano (Noriyuki Takai)
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1973. He made his film debut in Bataashi Kingyo (directed by Joji Matsuoka) in 1990 and his starring role in Helpless (directed by Shinji Aoyama) in 1996. Since then, he has won various movie awards, including Best Actor at the Yokohama Film Festival for his role in Focus (1996, directed by Satoshi Isaka) and Best Supporting Actor at the Hochi Film Awards for his roles in Taboo (1999, directed by Nagisa Oshima) and Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000, directed by Sogo Ishii). In addition to domestic films, such as Kabei: Our Mother (2008, directed by Yoji Yamada), Mt. Tsurugidake (2009, directed by Daisaku Kimura), and Villonfs Wife (2009, directed by Kichitaro Negishi), he has appeared in overseas productions including Mongol (2008, directed by Sergei Bodrov) and has landed starring-class roles in major Hollywood productions, such as Thor (2011, directed by Kenneth Branagh) and Battleship (2012, directed by Peter Berg).

Takao Osawa (Toru Tsukahara)
Born in Tokyo in 1968. He is a former fashion magazine model who has also walked the runways in Paris fashion week. After his 1994 acting debut in Kimi to Ita Natsu (CX), he appeared in popular drama series Wakamono no Subete (CX, 1994) and Hoshi no Kinka (NTV, 1995). He won Best Actor at the Japan Academy Prize for his leading role in Gege (directed by Itsumitsu Isomura) in 2004. In the same year, Crying out love, in the center of the world (directed by Isao Yukisada) became a record box office hit. In addition to his diverse roles in movies such as Metro ni Notte (2006, directed by Tetsuo Shinohara), Life: Tears in Heaven (2007, directed by Takehiko Shinjo), Ballad: Namo naki Koi no Uta (2009, directed by Takashi Yamazaki), and Sakuradamon Gai no Hen (2010, directed by Junya Sato), he has taken on the challenge of a musical, Phantom (2008 and 2010, directed by Katsuhide Suzuki). TBS drama series JIN (2009 and 2011) in which he plays the main character enjoyed phenomenal record-breaking viewer ratings and became a social phenomenon.