The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema
5 February to 26 March 2016
Tsuyoshi and Naoki are two brothers who have always looked out for each other since they lost their parents. When older brother Tsuyoshi becomes unemployed, he is driven to commit a robbery in order to help Naoki with his university tuition fees and accidently murders. Undergoing a rough life as the brother of a murderer, Naoki begins to despise his sibling for the trouble he caused.
This beautiful and tear-jerking social portrait of the offender’s family shows the toll the act of murder can have on the lives of those surrounding the perpetrator and is based on a novel of the same title by the best-selling writer Keigo Higashino.
Image: © 2006 “THE LETTER” Film Partners.
Director: Jiro Shono
Takayuki Yamada, Erika Sawajiri, Tetsuji Tamayama
2006, 121 min, English subtitles
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