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Chronicle of My Mother (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Yakusho Koji (Actor) | Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Minami Kaho (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor)
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Released over three volumes, Inoue Yasushi's novel Wagahaha no Ki recounts the final years in the rocky relationship between an author and his elderly mother. Acclaimed filmmaker Harada Masato (Bounce Ko Gals, Climber's High) brings the emotional tale to the big screen with Chronicle of My Mother. Yakusho Koji (13 Assassins) and Kiki Kirin (Villain) – arguably two of Japan's greatest living actors – co-star as the author and his mother. Despite the potential for plenty of tear-inducing moments, Harada takes a gentle, but unsentimental approach to the material, unflinchingly dealing with issues like parental abandonment, familial responsibilities and losing a loved one to dementia.

Kosaku was sent off to live elsewhere at a young age due to his parents' financial difficulties, and his relationship with them has been rocky ever since. As an adult, Kosaku (Yakusho Koji) is a successful author and the father of four children. However, he is also emotionally cold to those around him, including his own family members. When his widowed mother (Kirin Kiki) begins to show symptoms of dementia, Kosaku decides to take her in, despite still holding resentment for his abandonment. In her final years, Kosaku begins to melt his icy exterior and slowly come to truly care for his mother.

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Product Title: Chronicle of My Mother (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 母親愛的手扎 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) 母亲爱的手扎 (2011) (DVD) (香港版) Chronicle of My Mother (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Chronicle of My Mother (2011) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 我的母親 / 對我的母親記錄 / 我的母親手記 我的母亲 / 对我的母亲记录 / 我的母亲手记
Artist Name(s): Yakusho Koji (Actor) | Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Minami Kaho (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Mimura (Actor) | Kimura Midoriko (Actor) | Kikuchi Akiko (Actor) | Mano Erina (Actor) | Miura Takahiro (Actor) 役所廣司 (Actor) | 宮崎葵 (Actor) | 南果步 (Actor) | 樹木希林 (Actor) | Mimura (Actor) | Kimura Midoriko (Actor) | Kikuchi Akiko (Actor) | 真野惠里菜 (Actor) | 三浦貴大 (Actor) 役所广司 (Actor) | 宫崎葵 (Actor) | 南果步 (Actor) | 树木希林 (Actor) | Mimura (Actor) | Kimura Midoriko (Actor) | Kikuchi Akiko (Actor) | 真野惠里菜 (Actor) | 三浦贵大 (Actor) 役所広司 (Actor) | 宮崎あおい (Actor) | 南果歩 (Actor) | きき きりん (Actor) | ミムラ (Actor) | キムラ緑子 (Actor) | 三國連太郎 (Actor) | 菊池亜希子 (Actor) | 真野恵里菜 (Actor) | 三浦貴大 (Actor) Yakusho Koji (Actor) | Miyazaki Aoi (Actor) | Minami Kaho (Actor) | Kiki Kirin (Actor) | Mimura (Actor) | Kimura Midoriko (Actor) | Kikuchi Akiko (Actor) | Mano Erina (Actor) | Miura Takahiro (Actor)
Director: Harada Masato 原田真人 原田真人 ハラダ マサト Harada Masato
Release Date: 2013-05-31
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: I
Duration: 113 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033190749

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Director: Harada Masato

CH RONICLE OF MY MOTHER follows a novelist, Kosaku Igami (Yakusho), as he struggles to reconcile what is real and what he thinks is real about his relationship with his mother (Kiki) in the last years of her life. Shortly after the death of his father, Kosaku’s mother is diagnosed with dementia, and he is saddled with her long-term care. But it is during her wanderings (both physical and imaginary) that their painful history is fully revealed.

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A rocky road to the end
The trouble with many family melodramas is that the conflicts in them are often too shallow in their depiction of fractured families. The real drama in a family conflict isn't in the confrontations, but in the resentment beneath the surface of family members who either pretend or are forced to get along. This is where the real-life aspect of Chronicle of My Mother helps greatly. Based on Inoue Yasushi's pseudo-autobiographical novel, Chronicle follows the final eight years in a complex relationship between a renowned author and his elderly mother.

The opening scene immediately explains the situation: A young Igami Kosaku is sent to live away from home by his mother due to his family's financial difficulties. We then skip ahead to decades later; Kosaku is now middle-aged and resembles Yakusho Koji. The Igamis seem to have overcome their problems, as Kosaku and his sister each live comfortable lives while their parents enjoy retirement in their rural home. Kosaku is now a father himself, playing the role of a strict, conservative father to his three daughters. After his father's death, Kosaku's mother (Kiki Kirin) begins to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's, but Kosaku still holds reservations about having to take care of the woman who once abandoned him years ago.

Writer-director Harada Masato (Climber's High) has worked in multiple genres, but he has always excelled at keeping his films grounded in reality without resorting to emotional theatrics. Despite the potential for Chronicle of My Mother to become a grandiose tearjerker, Harada tells the story in a very straightforward manner. The director never plays up the theatrics even in the key emotional moment, staying true to the characters' personalities.

Harada shows complete trust in his cast, cutting down on showy directing techniques and simply letting his actors bring his script to life. Yakusho and Kiki are only 13 years apart in real life, but they manage to strike an excellent rapport as son and mother, especially in Kosaku's change of attitude towards the end of the film. Miyazaki Aoi is also likeable as Kosaku's free-thinking daughter, though she is relegated to the background in the presence of the two leads.

Most importantly, Harada's script puts an emphasis on the family dynamics over plot. A majority of the film is about how Kosaku's family members deal with caring for the mother, but it also doesn't forget about characters like Kosaku's young assistant, as well as Kosaku's less-than-perfect relationships with his own children. All the relationships in Chronicle of My Mother are fractured to some degree, and the drama lies in seeing how the characters hold these relationships together out of obligation and blood relations. That realistic depiction of family makes Chronicle of My Mother a genuine family film.

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