Completion: Spring, 2011
Japanese Release: Fall, 2011
宮崎葵(Aoi Miyazaki)…SORANIN, NANA, Atsuhime
堺正人(Masato Sakai)…Golden Slumber, Atsuhime
佐々部清(Kiyoshi Sasabe)…Yunagi City, Sakura Country, Half A Confession
The original book is an illustrated essay based on a true story depicting the days that the author Tenten Hosokawa spent facing her husband's depression.
In her work, the author never takes their situation too seriously, but also never lets down her guard, and never blames other people or society for their problems. By doing so, her story depicts the "happiness of living life together" in a matter-of-fact way and vividly captures the tenderness of the couple's daily life. The book struck a chord in the hearts of readers living in these modern times, and it has become a bestseller with over 300,000 copies sold since its publication in 2006.
Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Sasabe, famous for his delicate portrayal of people's emotions in such works as YUNAGI CITY, SAKURA COUNTRY (09) and HALF A CONFESSION (04), is the director of this film. Although the subject of depression is apt to become bleak, he maintains an aloof yet warm tone throughout this film through the effective use of humor and gives a solid picture of the couple's predicament.
Starring in this film are Aoi Miyazaki and Masato Sakai, who starred together in the NHK "Taiga" drama ATSUHIME in 2008, which was a smash hit that reached 20% in ratings every week. They portray a husband and wife again after 2 1/2 years. Undoubtedly the most famous "husband and wife" in Japan today, these superb actors breathe life into this well-made film that will make you laugh and laugh… and cry a little.
Haruko Takasaki (Aoi Miyazaki) and Mikio Takasaki (Masato Sakai) are a loving married couple who call each other "Tsure (SO)" and "Haru-san." Haruko tends to be pessimistic and is lazy, and relies on Mikio to support her while she lives a happy-go-lucky life drawing comics that don't sell. Mikio is a methodical and very serious businessman who warmly watches over his wife.
However, when Mikio comes down with depression (psychogenic depression), the balance in their relationship begins to shift.
Mikio gradually becomes unable to get on crowded trains, and eventually even to answer the phone. As she sees her husband lying down suffering, Haruko realizes just how much she had been dependent on his kindness and had leaned on him for support. She reassures him, "You don't have to push yourself. Just keep resting," and by spending her days supporting Mikio, she finds herself changing as a result.
Haruko then single-mindedly draws up a comic about the subject closest to her heart, and brings it to a publisher. It was the story about Mikio and herself and their life together.
"My SO has got depression… so please give me work!"