MON | 20. 1. | 18:00
Director: MINORIKAWA Osamu • Staring: YOSHIYUKI Kazuko, FUJI Sumiko, NAKAO Mie, FUJI Tatsuya
Directed by Osamu Minorikawa (1972), It's a Beautiful Life is an excellent probe into the life of a small town community living in a distant mountain area in the Tokushima prefecture in Shikoku. The place where the three heroines live is struggling with the hot issues of the current Japanese society – rural depopulation and ageing. Led by Eda, an enthusiastic young man (Yūta Hiraoka), the three elderly ladies decide to act and sell colourful leaves and herbs (tsumamono) used as elegant garnishing of meals. The journey towards their business success, which is intended to attract young people back to their small town, has to tackle many seemingly insurmountable obstacles including conflicts in their own families. The human drama with a light tone is based on a theme by Noriko Nishiguchi, itself based on a true story of elderly ladies determined to do something meaningful at the end of their lives. It was one of 2012’s most frequented Japanese films, especially in the Tokushima prefecture.