Found this movie DVD really really cheap (around USD$2) during stock clearance sale and I’m so glad that I decided to buy it. Kou Shibasaki and Joe Odagiri are gorgeous young talented actors, however it’s the elderly characters who captured my heart in this sad and sweet movie. If I were to have gay or transvestite grandparents or parents, I believe I would accept, forgive and love him/her with an open heart and open mind.
Saori (Shibasaki Kou) is a young woman who struggles to make a living from her two rather uninspiring jobs. When the handsome young Haruhiko (Odagiri Joe) visits her one day, her life is injected with some much needed drama. Haruhiko claims to be the boyfriend of her estranged father Himiko, who now runs a seaside rest home for elderly gays. Haruhiko makes Saori a financial offer she would be stupid to refuse and agrees to go and work at the home.
When Saori arrives at“Maison de Himiko,” she is hostile towards all of the residents, especially her father, who is now bedridden and dying of cancer. He abandoned Saori and her mother years ago, changing his name and effectively disappearing. Can Himiko earn his daughter’s love and regain her trust? Or will Saori use her father’s weakened condition to exact her revenge on him for leaving them to fend for themselves?