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Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku)

Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku) (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 1,256

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Movie Info

After being stricken with Alzheimer's disease in the prime of his life, a successful young businessman slips slowly away from his loving family in director Yukihiko Tstusumi's poignant family drama. Saeki (Ken Watanabe) is about to launch what promises to be the most successful advertising campaign in his burgeoning career. In addition to his astonishingly fast ascent up the corporate ladder, Saeki's beautiful young daughter is about to be married, and he will soon become a youthful grandfather.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

Memories of Tomorrow is the first movie I've seen about the disease that is told from the sick person's point of view.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Watanabe brings ferocious commitment to the sort of role that many an American awards body has been known to champion.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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The script's subtler nuances are too often drowned out by awkward histrionics.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Sensitively directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi from a well-constructed script.

May 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An outstanding perf and a methodically constructed script about the early onset of Alzheimer's disease makes Japanese meller Memories of Tomorrow an emotionally gripping experience.

May 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Ken Watanabe makes his character's whirlwind of fear, anger, and defeat painfully immediate.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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This would be a totally manipulative disease-of-the-week movie, were it not for Tsutsumi's gentle direction and Watanabe's intense performance.

July 15, 2007

Tear jerking comes with the territory, but the filmmakers generally rise above formula, particularly in its depiction of the central marriage.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

A Japanese film that draws out our respect and compassion for a man whose life is turned upside down by the early onset of Alzheimer's.

May 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Veers regularly into disease-of-the-week territory but is rescued by the powerhouse performances of Ken Watanabe and Kanako Higuchi.

May 22, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku)

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.
February 14, 2008
binky013

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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.
March 6, 2011
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