Toei’s LINGERING SPIRITS Opens this Week
Source: Toei Co., Ltd.
Official Site: omoinokoshi.com (Japan)
Imagine that you will disappear from this world tomorrow…
What thoughts would you share today?
After premiering last month at the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Film Market, Toei’s LINGERING SPIRITS (想いのこし, Omoi no Koshi) will open in Japanese cinemas this Saturday, November 22nd.
Based on the novel Kanojo Tono Jozuna Wakarekata by Takaya Okamoto, LINGERING SPIRITS is being promoted as a “heart-tugging masterpiece” in the tradition of RESURRECTION (黄泉がえり, Yomigaeri, 2002), BE WITH YOU (いま、会いにゆきます, Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu, 2004) and UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAWN (ツナグ, Tsunagu, 2012). Okamoto co-wrote the screen story and screenplay, while UNTIL THE BREAK OF DAWN director helmed the film.
Masaki Okada (CONFESSIONS, VILLAIN, AKKO-CHAN: THE MOVIE, BEYOND THE MEMORIES, THE APOLOGY KING) stars as Gajirou Honda. Described in publicity materials as “a scumbag”, Honda is a self-centered young man who cares nothing but girls and money. His negligence results in a car accident that claims the lives of the driver and passengers… three pole dancers.
Soon afterwards, he discovers that he can see the ghosts of the crash victims! They remained trapped in this world due to tremendous regret over their unfinished lives. Can a hopeless person like Honda manage to fulfill their final requests so those he’s wronged can finally rest in peace?
World Premiere: Sunday, October 5, 2014 (Asian Film Market 2014)
Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, November 22, 2014 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 118 Minutes
Gajirou Honda: Masaki Okada
Yuko Kasahara: Ryoko Hirosue
Ruka Maruyama: Haruka Kinami
Kei Inuzuka: Airi Matsui
Kotaro Kasahara: Tatsuya Kose
Johnny Myochin: Takeshi Kaga
Director: Yuichiro Hirakawa
Original Story: Kanojo Tono Jozuna Wakarekata by Takaya Okamoto (published by Shogakukan)
Screen Story: Tomoaki Harada, Motoko Kimura, Takaya Okamoto
Screenplay: Takaya Okamoto, HARU
Music: Suguru Matsutani
Theme Song: “Anata o Omou Kaze” by HY (ASSE!!Records/UNIVERSAL J)
Special Cooperation: Nihon Kogakuin College, Nihon Kogakuin Professional Training College
Production Cooperation: Real Products
Production: Media Mix Japan, Office Crescendo
“Lingering Spirits” Production Committee: Toei, Kinoshita Group, Toei Video, Horipro, Amuse, BS Asahi, Dream Plus