Thursday, July 12, 2012

MEMORIES OF TOMORROW (2006)

Masayuki has a nice life filled with a loving wife, an easy job as a manager at an advertising agency, a pretty house and a daughter that's about to get married. Then he starts to forget things. At first it's small stuff like his car keys or an exit on the highway, but soon his forgetfulness becomes more pronounced and he's forgetting meetings. At his wife's urging he goes to the doctor and it's even worse than they ever feared: at age 49 Masayuki is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and within no time at all he'll be totally fucked.

I'm normally not into these person-with-a-heart-of-gold-gets-sick tearjerkers since they're predictable and depressing, but this one stars Kazue Fukiishi so I had to watch it. Unfortunately her role is pretty small. Ken Watanabe does a great job as the sick guy and Kanako Higuchi is touching as his patient wife, but as I suspected before I even sat down to watch this film: it's too predictable to be truly enjoyable. Blah, blah, hard working man, gets sick, heart of gold, tears, The End.

Worth watching I guess if you're into this sort of thing, but as for me outside of the brief Kazue Fukiishi moments I was pretty bored and I'll definitely never watch it ever again.