Salaryman Ryuhei Sasaki is suddenly fired from his job. Unemployed and shamed, he hides the news from his family, but the strain of the deception slowly starts to unravel the bonds that hold his family together. His youngest son Kenji begins sneaking out to take piano lessons against the orders of his father. His oldest son Takashi wants to join the US military. His wife Megumi begins to find dissatisfaction in her role as family matriarch. —DVDverdict.com
Born in Kobe on July 19, 1955, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is not related to director Akira Kurosawa. After studying at Rikkyo University in Tokyo under the guide of prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi, where he began making 8mm films, Kurosawa began directing commercially in the 1980s, working on pink films and low-budget V-Cinema (direct-to-video) productions such as formula yakuza pictures. In the early 1990s, he won a scholarship to the Sundance Institute and was able to study filmmaking in the United States, although he had been directing for nearly ten years professionally.
Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his serial killer film Kyua (Cure) (1997). Also that year, Kurosawa experimented by filming two thrillers back-to-back, Serpent’s Path and Eyes of the Spider, both of which shared the same premise (a father taking revenge for his child’s murder) and lead actor (Show Aikawa) but spun entirely different stories.
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