A Beloved Wife
An unpopular screenwriter, Gota, and his wife, Chika, have been married for ten years with a daughter between them. Gota earns a paltry $5,000 a year and is a pathetically poor family breadwinner. As such, he is constantly being berated and belittled by Chika. He yearns to restore normal sex with his wife, but she rebuffs him and forces him to suffer in frustrated silence. And then a big opportunity arrives to turn things around. One of the plots he has been developing based on an actual news story gets noticed, and a request comes in for him to parlay it into a screenplay. But with no guarantee that anything will come of it, Gota hasn’t the funds nor a driver’s license to get him to locations requiring story research and development. So he persuades Chika to drive the family out into the countryside on ostensibly a working vacation for three. But when they arrive at their destination, they all learn that the story is already being made into a film by somebody else. The family, having instantly lost the purpose for the trip, reluctantly continue their four-night, five-day excursion confined to inflicting misery upon each other. But can this shock family therapy bring newfound happiness to the family?
A hapless husband and father with reams of unsatisfied sexual desire but no money or work, and a heavily-drinking wife who makes sport in disparaging him. You may wince; you may recoil, but above all, you’ll laugh and cry in spite of yourself as you probe the invisible bonds that keep a desperately married couple together in this endearing family comedy.
Gaku Hamada, Asami Mizukawa, Chise Niitsu