Aruitemo, aruitemo is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day. The aging parents have lived in the family home for decades. Their son and daughter return for a rare family reunion, bringing their own families with them. They have gathered to commemorate the tragic death of the eldest son, who drowned in an accident fifteen years ago. Although the roomy house is as comforting and unchanging as the mother's homemade feast, everyone in the family has subtly changed. This is a typical dysfunctional family, bonded by love as well as resentments and secrets.
Tokyo, 1962. Worked for the TV Man Union, an independent television production company. His first feature, Maborosi, won the Golden Osella at Venice Festival in 1995. Later came Wandarfuru raifu (After Life, 1998), winner of the Fipresci award at San Sebastian, Distance, which competed at Cannes 2001, Daremo shiranai (Nobody Knows), winner of the Best Actor Award (Yuuya Yagira) at Cannes 2004, and Hana yori mo naho (Hana, 2006), which competed at San Sebastian.