A Last Note
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A Last Note
Veteran filmmaker Kaneto Shindo directed this absurdist meditation on aging, loss, and death at the age of 82. Screen legend Haruko Sugimura plays Yoko Morimoto, an elegantly dressed, acid-tongued octogenarian actress who retreats to her mountain villa after the death of her husband. Upon her arrival, her longtime caretaker Tokoyo (played by Shindo's wife Nobuko Otowa), tells her that the gardener committed suicide in a coffin built by his own hand, leaving only an enigmatic note and a rounded rock to bang in the final nail. Later, she learns that her old acting friend Tomie (Kyoko… More