People from all walks of life (a high-school student, a middle-aged businessman, a yakuza chief, etc.) all receive mysterious messages from loved ones who were killed 3 months earlier in a shipwreck. They are instructed to go to a small island in the Inland Sea that evening. At the stroke of midnight, the lost ship emerges from the sea and they are given a brief time to say their final words to their lost loved ones, before the deceased must once again board the ship and it sinks back into the depths.
Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi. AKA あした / Goodbye for Tomorrow
Writer: Chiho Katsura.
Stars: Kaori Takahashi, Yasufumi Hayashi, Mai Hosho, Tomoyo Harada, Keiko Tsushima, Hitoshi Ueki, Hisashi Igawa, Ittoku Kishibe, Yumi Takigawa, Mizuho Shumon, Tōru Minegishi, Takehiro Murata, Toshie Negishi, Bengal, Tomorowo Taguchi, Shûji Kashiwabara, Toshinori Omi, Miyoko Akaza, Jun Fubuki, Wakaba Irie, Yoriko Douguchi, Yûko Arao, Nao Asuka, Saburo Boya, Chiyoko Danjou, Miki Fujitani, Kaori Kobayashi, Yasuko Kurose, Keiko Masuda, Yuri Nakae, Etsuko Nami, Hisahiro Ogura, Kinsuke Okamura, Kōen Okumura, Yoshiyuki Omori, Ayako Ono, Rumi Shiina, Kôhei Shinozaki, Miho Tamura, Hitoshi Ômae.
Hooray more Obayashi! There’s so much of his stuff I still need to see. Sada is my white whale, but it’s great to see this on here!