Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku)
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Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku)
After being stricken with Alzheimer's disease in the prime of his life, a successful young businessman slips slowly away from his loving family in director Yukihiko Tstusumi's poignant family drama. Saeki (Ken Watanabe) is about to launch what promises to be the most successful advertising campaign in his burgeoning career. In addition to his astonishingly fast ascent up the corporate ladder, Saeki's beautiful young daughter is about to be married, and he will soon become a youthful grandfather. Though his long hours on the job always prevented Saeki from truly connecting with his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Memories of Tomorrow is the first movie I've seen about the disease that is told from the sick person's point of view."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This heartfelt tale of disintegration and acceptance, seasoned with family devotion, will both raise and soothe the anxieties of those of us who regularly ask ourselves why we came into the kitchen two minutes ago."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Ken Watanabe makes his character's whirlwind of fear, anger, and defeat painfully immediate."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A Japanese film that draws out our respect and compassion for a man whose life is turned upside down by the early onset of Alzheimer's."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Watanabe brings ferocious commitment to the sort of role that many an American awards body has been known to champion."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Sensitively directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi from a well-constructed script."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"This would be a totally manipulative disease-of-the-week movie, were it not for Tsutsumi's gentle direction and Watanabe's intense performance."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Veers regularly into disease-of-the-week territory but is rescued by the powerhouse performances of Ken Watanabe and Kanako Higuchi."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The script's subtler nuances are too often drowned out by awkward histrionics."
‑ Dennis Lim, Los Angeles Times
"An outstanding perf and a methodically constructed script about the early onset of Alzheimer's disease makes Japanese meller Memories of Tomorrow an emotionally gripping experience."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"Tear jerking comes with the territory, but the filmmakers generally rise above formula, particularly in its depiction of the central marriage."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
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