Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku) (2007)
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Memories of Tomorrow is the first movie I've seen about the disease that is told from the sick person's point of view.
Watanabe brings ferocious commitment to the sort of role that many an American awards body has been known to champion.
The script's subtler nuances are too often drowned out by awkward histrionics.
This heartfelt tale of disintegration and acceptance, seasoned with family devotion, will both raise and soothe the anxieties of those of us who regularly ask ourselves why we came into the kitchen two minutes ago.
Sensitively directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi from a well-constructed script.
Audience Reviews for Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku)
Simple & Sad, Good performance from Watanabe
Wow . . . This film and Letters from Iwo Jima came out within a year of each other . . . Gotta say that makes for one heck of a productive period for Ken Watanabe. Short of actually being a documentary, this is about as "real" as a film can be. Whether or not you have lived with someone in any stage of Alzheimer's, this one will definitely and very painfully ring true-to-life. A brilliant performance by Watanabe as he moves deftly through the stages of the disease. I have to believe that Watanabe has either experienced loved ones going through this horror himself, firsthand, or that he is indeed one of the greatest actors working at the present time. This is one where the actor's motivation is coming from his soul. And it's a great cast all around. Absolutely devastating.Thinking about it again, I have a feeling that people who have experienced a disabling condition themselves can develop an empathy with others who suffer in similar ways. Perhaps it's Ken Watanabe's own battle with leukemia that makes him more attuned to persons with disabilities in general. This is a must-see, flixster friends. Not only must I add Watanabe to my favorite actor list, but I must also put this film on My Top 100 list right now.
Apparently a better translation of the title is Remembering For Tomorrow, which works a lot better as it's a drama about a Japanese businessman discovering that his increasing lapses of memory are really the early onset of Alzheimers. Set over the next few years,everything - his job, his relationship with his wife, his self-assurance- gets overturned as the disease takes hold. The soundtrack is truly dreadful (unless you love violins) but the acting is genuine and the story is heartbreaking...get the hankies in before you watch.
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