Director:Izuru Narushima


Running Time:126mins

Production Company:TOEI COMPANY, LTD.


Producer:Riuko Tominaga

Screenplay:Emiko Hiramatsu

Cinematographer:Daisuke Soma (J.S.C.)

Editor:Hideaki Ohata

Sound:Kenichi Fujimoto (J.S.A.)

Music:Goro Yasukawa

Production Designer:Katsuhiro Fukuzawa

Visual Effects:Koichi Noguchi

Cast:Sayuri Yoshinaga、Tôri Matsuzaka、Suzu Hirose、Toshiyuki Nishida

Sawako Shiraishi, a doctor at an emergency medical center in Tokyo, resigns her position to take responsibility for a procedural complaint, and returns to her birthplace of Kanazawa. This represents a turning point for Sawako, who has always given herself completely to her career. Living together with her father for the first time in many years, she takes work as a staff physician at the Mahoroba Clinic. Toru Senkawa, the director, is a cheerful soul idolized by his patients, while the clinic nurse Mayo Hoshino, while raising her late sister's son, considers Dr. Senkawa her savior: Tending to patients who live in the vicinity of the clinic, Sawako and Mayo provide treatment that respects the lifestyles of the patients, and Sawako's "life or death" attitude evolved in an emergency clinic environment undergoes a change. Now Seiji Noro, a graduate in medicine who has yet to qualify as a doctor, follows Sawako from Tokyo and joins the Mahoroba staff. He is unsure of whether he should go on and actually qualify as a doctor, while it turns out that Mayo is suffering from a trauma of her own. Encountering different patients, each presenting their own treatment problems and with their own special reasons for choosing home care, Sawako as a member of the Mahoroba Clinic staff begins to rethink her own approach to life in consideration of both patients and families.

Starting as a scriptwriter in 1994 with Osaka Gokudo Senso: Shinoidare, Izuru Narushima earned his first director's credit in 2003 with The Hunter and the Hunted, which won him the Fujimoto Award and the Yokohama Film Festival Prize as Best New Director. Moving on to such titles as Fly, Daddy, Fly (2005) and A Lone Scalpel (2010), in 2012 he won the Best Director and nine other Awards of the Japanese Academy for Rebirth. Cape Nostalgia won the Special Grand Prix of the Jury and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2014 Montreal World Film Festival. More recent titles include To Each His Own (2017) and Farewell: Comedy of Life Begins with A Lie (2020).