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FLOWERS

Directed by KOIZUMI Norihiro

Release
Original Title:
FLOWERS
© 2010 ASATSU-DK / ROBOT / TOHO / SHOGAKUKAN / SHISEIDO / NTV / YTV / THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN / KDDI © 2010 ASATSU-DK / ROBOT / TOHO / SHOGAKUKAN / SHISEIDO / NTV / YTV / THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN / KDDI

Introduction

Representing three different generations, the six heroines each live their lives with wisdom, strength and beauty. In their respective periods, they seek to find their own path amidst changing times, while confronting such turning points in their lives as marriage, childbirth and death. They grapple with the various challenges of being a woman, yet they never flinch from their problems as they gradually arrive at the decision to simply be themselves. It’s in their earnestness-and the smile that blossoms at that moment-that we find the true beauty of women. And throughout, they’re surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the turning seasons. Flowers offers characters whose lives resonate with audiences, who will hopefully step out of the theater and be inspired to move towards their own happiness by being themselves.

Story

Spring 1936. Rin (Yu Aoi) is about to be wed to a man she’s never met, arranged by her stern father according to traditional custom. Having graduated from girls’ school, she’s a progressive thinker, and harbors doubts about the restrictive life of a woman in her time. Distraught at a decision that wasn’t hers, and uncertain about the groom she’s never met, Rin runs away on her wedding day, still dressed in her bridal outfit... Summer in the 1960s. Rin has three grown daughters. The eldest, Kaoru (Yuko Takeuchi), tries to recover from the trauma of losing her husband to a car accident, while the second daughter, Midori (Rena Tanaka), is a feminist wavering between her professional career and the prospect of marriage. The youngest, Sato (Yukie Nakama), has a heart condition, and braces for her own death as she prepares to give birth to her second child. The journeys of the three women are set against the backdrop of the rapid economic growth of postwar Japan. It’s winter in the present day. Sato’s elder daughter, Kana (Kyoka Suzuki), has moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream of becoming a pianist, but must come to terms with her shortcomings as well as a pregnancy with a man who’d just dumped her. The younger daughter, Kei (Ryoko Hirosue), is married with a child, and always wears a smile. There’s a reason for her cheerful exuberance, though-she’s determined to live for the mother she had never met.

Cast

AOI Yu

Rin

SUZUKI Kyoka

Kana

TAKEUCHI Yuko

Kaoru

TANAKA Rena

Midori

NAKAMA Yukie

Kei

HIROSUE Ryoko

Kei

Data

Director
KOIZUMI Norihiro
Senior Executive Producer
ONUKI Takuya
Screenplay
FUJIMOTO Amane
MIURA Uiko
Music
ASAKAWA Tomoyuki
Cinematography
HIROKAWA Taishi
Production Design
YAMAGUCHI Shu
Japan Release Date
2010.06.12
Running time
109min