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Sad Vacation (2007)





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A damaged man experiences a series of odd coincidences that send his life careening down a path he never anticipated in director/screenwriter Shinji Aoyama's semi-sequel to his critically acclaimed 2000 drama Eureka. When Kenji was just a young boy, his mother abandoned the family and his father committed suicide. These days Kenji (Tadanobu Asano) can't seem to hold down a regular job, instead choosing to work part time as a designated driver for tipsy bar hostesses and their randy clients. Occasionally, he even assists local gangsters in trafficking illegal immigrants. Everything changes for Kenji, however, when in just a matter of days he meets both the woman who will bear his future child as well as his own long-missing mother Chiyoko (Eri Ishida). Now, as Kenji ponders the depressive realization that his mother left he and his father behind in favor of starting a new family, the past and the future come crashing together, forcing the uncertain drifter to try and make sense of his own fractured existence. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Sad Vacation

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Only those already won over by recent Shinji Aoyama will coddle to Sad Vacation, the prolific helmer's latest overlong, confused meditation on family and abandonment.

July 9, 2008 | Full Review…

An almost Capraesque folksy moralism takes root, but the ramshackle story keeps shifting gears awkwardly.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

There's something willfully obscurantist about Sad Vacation, as if it is, first and foremost, a private joke between writer/director Shinji Aoyama and his performers.

July 9, 2008

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