誰かの花 「Dareka no Hana」
Release Date: January 29th, 2022
Duration: 115 mins.
Director: Yusuke Okada
Writer: Yusuke Okada (Script),
Starring: Shinsuke Kato, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Choei Takahashi, Misa Wada, Honoka Murakami, Ryusei Ohta,
Somebody’s Flowers was planned and produced for the 30th anniversary of Cinema Jack & Betty, a famous mini-theatre in Yokohama. The film’s story is set in the same city. It was directed by Yokohama native Yusuke Okuda and takes us into a small corner of the city where everyday folks endure the vagaries of life. A drama, it starts slow but gains meaning and emotional freight as it carefully depicts lives marred by grief that tears at relationships that are already fraying in a pressure-cooker atmosphere of a small community where secrets, resentments, and shame abound.
The film stars Shinsuke Kato (Ken and Kazu) as Takaaki, a down-on-his-luck steelworker who is the less than loyal son of an elderly couple living in an apartment complex. His begrudging visits to his parents see him talk big about life but sponge off his mother, Machi (Kazuko Yoshiyuki), while side-stepping his father Tadayoshi. The old man has dementia and requires a carer, Satomi (Honoka Murakami), since he is becoming too much for Takaaki’s mother to handle, much to the chagrin of Takaaki who wants an easier life.
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