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What makes a true mother? That is the question at the heart of acclaimed filmmaker Kawase Naomi's latest Cannes Film Festival entry True Mothers starring Nagasaku Hiromi (Rebirth), Iura Arata (Asleep) and teen actress Makita Aju (Shino Can't Say Her Own Name). Based on the novel Asa ga Kuru by Tsujimura Mizuki, the human drama delves deep into the problems of modern Japanese society and explores the meaning of family.

Unable to bear children of their own, Satoko (Nagasaku Hiromi) and Kiyokazu (Iura Arata) welcome a baby boy into their lives through a special adoption system. The couple happily raises their son Asato (Sato Reo). Six years later, they suddenly receive a call from someone claiming to be the birth mother, who asks them to either return the child or to give her money.

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Product Title: True Mothers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version) 晨曦將至 (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 晨曦将至 (DVD) (英文字幕) (日本版) 朝が来る True Mothers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Asa ga Kuru Asa ga Kuru Asa ga Kuru Asa ga Kuru Asa ga Kuru
Artist Name(s): Nagasaku Hiromi | Iura Arata | Makita Aju | Asada Miyoko 永作博美 | ARATA 井浦新 | 蒔田彩珠 | 淺田美代子 Nagasaku Hiromi | Iura Arata | 莳田彩珠 | 浅田美代子 永作博美 | ARATA 井浦新 | 蒔田彩珠 | 浅田美代子 Nagasaku Hiromi | Iura Arata | Makita Aju | Asada Miyoko
Director: Kawase Naomi 河瀨直美 河濑直美 河瀬直美 Kawase Naomi
Release Date: 2021-03-24
Publisher Product Code: TCED-5529
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1099538176

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
永作博美 / 井浦新 / 蒔田彩珠 / 浅田美代子 / 河瀬直美 (監督、脚本、撮影) / 辻村深月 (原作) / 小瀬村晶 (音楽) / An Ton That (音楽)

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編139分+特典2分

辻村深月のヒューマンミステリー小説を、『あん』『光』の河瀬直美監督が実力派キャストを揃えて映画化! 永作博美、井浦新、蒔田彩珠、浅田美代子ら実力派俳優が共演。血の繋がりか、魂の繋がりか──現代の日本社会が抱える問題を深く掘り下げ、家族とは何かに迫り、それでも最後に希望の光を届ける感動のヒューマンドラマが誕生。――一度は子どもを持つことを諦めた栗原清和と佐都子の夫婦は「特別養子縁組」という制度を知り、男の子を迎え入れる。それから6年、夫婦は朝斗と名付けた息子の成長を見守る幸せな日々を送っていた。ところが突然、朝斗の産みの母親"片倉ひかり"を名乗る女性から、「子どもを返してほしいんです。それが駄目ならお金をください」という電話がかかってくる。当時14歳だったひかりとは一度だけ会ったが、生まれた子どもへの手紙を佐都子に託す、心優しい少女だった。渦巻く疑問の中、訪ねて来た若い女には、あの日のひかりの面影は微塵もなかった。いったい、彼女は何者なのか、何が目的なのか──?

特典映像: 劇場予告編 (約2分)

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2020年/日本/カラー/本編139分+特典約2分/【16:9LB】ビスタサイズ/片面2層/MPEG-2/音声:日本語 ドルビーデジタル5.1chサラウンド/字幕:【1】バリアフリー用日本語字幕、【2】英語字幕/映倫区分:G
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Professional Review of "True Mothers (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)"

February 27, 2021

This professional review refers to True Mothers (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
Since 2015's Sweet Bean (a.k.a. An), director Kawase Naomi has left behind the sparse storytelling style that marked much of her career for more narrative-driven works that spend more time on character development than fawning over natural scenery. The second adaptation of the novel by Tsujimura Mizuki, True Mothers is still thematically consistent with her previous meditations on motherhood, adoption and parental abandonment (Suzaku, Shara and several of her documentaries), but Kawase's emphasis on story over mood this time around may bring her a few new converts.

Told non-linearly in three sections, True Mothers examines its issues through the perspectives of two women connected to a young boy named Asato. We're first introduced to Satoko (Nagasaki Hiromi, in her first film role since 2015's Till Death Do Us What?) and her husband, Kiyokazu (Iura Arata). When they learn that they can't have children, they turn to Baby Baton, an NGO that helps young women with unwanted pregnancies find foster parents for their babies. Flash forward by six years, and we see Satoko and Kiyokazu as dutiful parents to their adopted son, Asato. However, their serene life is threatened when Satoko receives a threatening phone call from a woman who claims to be Hikari, Asato's birth mother.

The narrative then jumps once again to the past, where we meet the real Hikari (Makita Aju), a 14-year-old high school student who is dating her classmate. When she accidentally gets pregnant, her parents force her to give up her baby. Soon, she finds herself at Baby Baton's headquarter, run by the kindhearted Shizue (Asada Miyoko). Hikari's plight as a teenager in way over her depth and her eventual bond with her fellow mothers-to-be make up the most heartwarming section of the film. Finally, the story jumps forward to follow Tomoka, a runaway girl living alone in Yokohama who will become the bridge between Satoko and Hikari.

Despite running at a hefty 139 minutes, Kawase keeps her film moving at a brisk pace with a packed narrative that covers multiple timelines and perspectives. Though she still manages to check off most of her stylistic bingo card as co-cinematographer (Shots of two characters looking up at the sun? Check), Kawase is more focused on getting into her characters' heads than indulging in the wishy-washy naturalism that plagued some of her previous films. The mystery aspect of the story, which involves unmasking whether the Hikari that showed up at Satoko's doorstep is really an imposter, is hardly suspenseful, but it leads to an emotionally cathartic coda in which Satoko rethinks her idea of motherhood.

Though the themes have long been part of Kawase's oeuvre, her exploration of motherhood and adoption will certainly inspire comparisons to the works of Kore-eda Hirokazu. However, True Mothers is heartfelt and sincere enough that it deserves to stand on its own. As someone who once dismissed some of Kawase's past works as self-indulgent, dramatically thin and bordering on self-parody, I have found myself embracing Kawase Naomi's new phase as a storyteller.

by Kevin Ma

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