Goda (Shinya Tsukamoto), a mild-tempered Tokyo ad executive, has lost his love. While he was busy building his career, she was busy building a double life in the dark underbelly of the urban gangland of drugs, violence, and prostitution. And as Goda's career was on the rise, his girlfriend's life slipped beyond his grasp. Confused and alone, the ad exec drops out of his comfortable world on an obsessive search for the same fate.
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Madadayo opens with a Professor (Tatsuo Matsumura) announcing to his class that after 30 years of teaching, he is now choosing to write in retirement. The young sing his praises and previous alumni move the Professor and his wife into a new home. The pair is as hospitable to everyone as if they were children returning from college.
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Based on Akira Kurosawa's Dreams -- a film consisting of, you guessed it, a bunch of his dreams put on film and strung together one after another -- Kurosawa didn't have dreams any more interesting than you or me. George Bush's dreams -- that I'd like to see. Saddam Hussein's dreams -- that'd be a hoot! But a creative filmmaker naturally has kooky, inspirational dreams. And of course they're complete nonsense.
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The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.