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- Movie: The Mourning Forest
- Romaji: Mogari no mori
- Japanese: 殯の森
- Director: Naomi Kawase
- Writer: Naomi Kawase
- Producer: Naomi Kawase
- Cinematographer: Hideyo Nakano
- Release Date: June 23, 2007
- Runtime: 97 Min.
- Distributor NHK
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Shigeki lives in a small retirement home. He feels comfortable
and happy here with the other residents and the gentle and
caring hospital staff. Machiko, one of the home’s staff pays
special attention to him. However she is secretly haunted by
the loss of her child.
After celebrating Shigeki’s birthday, Machiko decides to take
him for a drive in the countryside. Making their way along the
scenic back-roads, the car is forced into a ditch and it is here
that they embark on their journey of discovery together.
As Shigeki determinedly heads off into the forest, Machiko
has no choice but to follow. After two exhausting days
trudging through the dense wood they finally arrive at
Shigeki’s wife’s tomb.
It is in this peaceful place that Machiko discovers that Shigeki
has been writing to his beloved wife for 33 years. It is time for
him to write his last letter. Devoted Machiko is there to help
him reach his mourning’s end, and in doing so finds peace
within her heart.
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