Veteran director Yoshimitsu Morita spins this romantic melodrama that was originally written by Junichi Watanabe and serialized in the Nihon Keizai Shinbum, Japan’s answer to the Wall Street Journal. Kuki (Koji Yakusho) is a former magazine editor wunderkind whose star has dimmed as he slides into middle age. After corporate downsizing, he finds himself in an easily forgotten corner of a corporate conglomerate and, at home, in an increasingly chilly marriage. Rinko (Hitomi Kuroki) is an elegant calligraphy instructor who looks quite fetching in a kimono, and is similarly stuck in a nuptial dead-end. Both find solace in each other’s arms, but their respective spouses are getting wise to their affair. Rinko’s cheese-loving husband sics a private investigator on her, while Kuki’s wife uses more intimate methods of divinating the truth. Given the forces that are pulling them apart, they resolve to take concrete measures that will insure they will be together forever. The film’s ending features something rarely seen this side of a Monzaemon Chikamatsu play. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi Less
Yoshimitsu Morita (森田 芳光, Morita Yoshimitsu?, 25 January 1950 – 20 December 2011) was a Japanese film director. Self-taught, he made his debut in 1981. In 1983 he won acclaim for his movie Kazoku Gēmu (The Family Game), which was voted the best film of the year by Japanese critics. This black comedy dealt with then-recent changes in the structure of Japanese home life. It also earned him the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award.
Morita has been nominated for eight Japanese Academy Awards, winning the 2004 Best Director award for Ashura no Gotoku. He also won the award for best director at the 21st Yokohama Film Festival for Keiho, and the award for best screenplay at the 18th Yokohama Film Festival for Haru. —Wikipedia