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Loving Life – Postcards from the Edge of Japan –


生きて、生きて 遠野の里から [TVI]

|Length : 48min. |Year : 1998

The graying of society requires new methods of caring for the elderly and infirmed

As the number of senior citizens in Japan increases, so does the recognition that home care is essential for the overall well-being of the individual. Various television programs have taken up this question, and Postcards from the Edge of Japan focuses on how one family's reconciliation brought about a recovery of spirit for a woman who had suffered a stroke.
The setting is Tono City in Japan's northeastern Iwate Prefecture, and the city's most well-known storyteller, Yae Takaiwa, has been confined to a nursing home following a stroke. Under the direction of Dr. Shuko Murakami, who recently moved into Tono, a hospital outpatient team is formed that is devoted to the care of senior citizens, and Takaiwa comes under Murakami's care. It is only when Takaiwa's granddaughter is injured in a traffic accident that the family is once again reunited.

The Lady is a Fugitive


逃げる女 [TVI]

|Length : 95min. |Year : 1999

A mother's quest to avenge the murder of her 5-year-old daughter takes her from Tokyo to a small fishing village in Iwate Prefecture, with the police hot on her heels, but always one step behind. Tokyo veteran police detective Kohei Kudo goes after Akiko Kijima; but before he can catch up with her, she finds and murders the second man responsible for her daughter's death. Kudo teams up with a local policeman and they are able to capture Akiko before she commits yet another murder.

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