TV Station ABS
Dad Wants to Get Well Again
｜Length : 45min. ｜Year : 1997 ｜
Can love overcome a degenerative disease?
Shortly after being stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease affecting the spinal cord, Kosuga Toshikatsu is only able to move his eyelids. Refusing to let this illness keep him from communicating with the world, he enters the Akita City "Encounter Concert" where poems written by physical handicapped people are presented. Using his eyelids to tap out Morse Code, Kosuga composed the poem "Koinobori," which was entered in the concert. With the support of his wife and children, and the national ALS association, Kosuga attempts to come to terms with his illness.
｜Length : 27min. ｜Year : 1993 ｜
Not all Japanese families fit the traditional mold. Fuko's family is a good example of a modern trend. Tenth-grader Fuko's mother works outside of the home and all members of the family, including the two daughters and their father, share the housework. The girls are being raised to be independent; they go on trips by themselves and are paid for each chore they do, which in Fuko's case means preparing lunches for her mother and sister everyday. It's a busy - but happy - family.