Yoshishige Yoshida returned to feature filmmaking after a hiatus of thirteen years with this brave and moving film about the struggle to maintain dignity in the face of old age and approaching death. The Human Promise reaffirms Yoshida’s ability to deal with difficult and even taboo topics by exploring the question of euthanasia with a profound sensitivity and subtlety. The film’s unusually frank meditation on death is anchored by the restrained performances by its veteran actors.
Director: Yoshishige Yoshida. AKA 人間の約束 / A Promise.
Writers: Shuichi Sae (novel), Yoshishige Yoshida & Fukiko Miyauchi (screenlpay).
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Sachiko Murase, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Orie Satô, Tetta Sugimoto, Reiko Tajima, Kumiko Takeda, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kôichi Satô, Masakane Yonekura, Chôei Takahashi, Masao Imafuku, Kenzô Tabu, Katsura Kawasaki, Michio Hino, Kikue Akizuki, Nobuko Tashiro, Natsuyo Kawakami, Yuzuko Kinoshita, Kan Yanagiya, Imari Tsuji, Masao Kanda, Shôji Wazawa, Teppei Takasugi, Senkichi Ômura.
Composer: Haruomi Hosono.
Cinematographer: Yoshihiro Yamazaki.
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A film I’d always wanted to see, Jon. Thanks, it does not disappoint.