A LOVING HUSBAND Production Notes & High-Res Photos from Toho
Source: Toho Co., Ltd.
Official Site: koisaika.jp (Japan)
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A humorous yet loving and unique tale of a family!
Toho has provided production notes and high-res images from their new comedic drama, A LOVING HUSBAND (恋妻家宮本, Koisaika Miyamoto). The movie co-stars Hiroshi Abe (GODZILLA 2000, THERMAE ROMAE, SHIPPU RONDO) and Yuki Amami (KAIJI: THE ULTIMATE GAMBLER, THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE).
A LOVING HUSBAND opens in Japan this weekend.
The married couple began with divorce papers.
Today, there are an abundance of films that depict young love. The up-and-coming screenwriter Kazuhiko Yukawa, who has gifted the world with his phenomenally highly rated TV dramas I’M MITA, YOUR HOUSEKEEPER (家政婦のミタ, Kaseifu no Mita, 2011), makes his long-awaited directorial debut with A LOVING HUSBAND, from a screenplay which he penned himself. His debut film has been nominated for the 40th Montreal World Film Festival’s First Films World Competition category, and has received rave reviews at the festival, proving that the story is globally appealing.
Yohei Miyamoto (Hiroshi Abe) and Miyoko (Yuki Amami) began dating after meeting at a matchmaking party at a family restaurant during their university days. Yohei planned to go on to graduate school, and Miyoko dreamt of becoming a teacher, but one day, the two discovered that Miyoko was pregnant. Although he was bewildered inside, Yohei proposed to Miyoko after feeling a sense of responsibility as a man, and chose to become a teacher in Miyoko’s place.
27 years later. Tadashi (Jingi Irie), the only child of the Miyamoto household, got married, and became independent before the couple even realized it. Yohei and Miyoko only have each other as company for the first time since they got married. After both turning 50, the couple became husband and wife for the first time, after being a father and a mother. To celebrate their newfound solitude, Miyoko opens a bottle of wine, sweetly saying, “From now on, we stop calling each other Mom and Dad, and call each other by our names!” as if they were a newly married couple, but Miyoko quickly gets drunk and falls asleep. Seeing her sleeping face, Yohei keenly thinks, “She’s gotten old…” and begins looking around the bookshelf. Yohei finds the first book he lent to Miyoko when they began dating, A Dark Night’s Passing. Feeling nostalgic, Yohei flips through the pages, and suddenly, an envelope falls from inside. The contents… divorce papers with Miyoko’s seal on it!
Yohei is severely upset, but finds himself unable to wake up Miyoko to question her, and spends the night worrying endlessly. From the next day, Yohei reads deeply into Miyoko’s every words and behavior, and can’t stop thinking about the meaning behind the divorce papers. One day, Miyoko suddenly leaves the house, saying she’s going to check up on Tadashi. Yohei takes A Dark Night’s Passing from the bookshelf, but the divorce papers were nowhere to be found…
What is Yohei Miyamoto going to do?! What will happen to the Miyamotos?!
Japanese Release Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Yohei Miyamoto: Hiroshi Abe
Miyoko Miyamoto: Yuki Amami
Shinju Igarashi: Miho Kanno
Sumire Kadokura: Saki Aibu
Yohei Miyamoto (University Student): Asuka Kudo
Miyoko (University Student): Akari Hayami
Nahomi Inoue: Kaoru Okunuki
Koji Igarashi: Jiro Sato
Reiko Inoue: Sumiko Fuji
Tadashi Miyamoto: Jingi Irie
Yumi Miyamoto: Aimi Satsukawa
Katsuya Inoue: Seishuu Uragami
Akemi Kikuchihara: Ayaka Konno
Emi Inoue: Hana Toyoshima
Mrs. Miyamoto: Makiko Watanabe
Mr. Miyamoto: Masashi Sekito
Jimori: Yurina Yanagi
Director: Kazuhiko Yukawa
Original Story: Families by Kiyoshi Shigematsu (Published by Kadokawa Bunko)
Screenplay: Kazuhiko Yukawa
Music: Mamiko Hirai
Production: “A Loving Husband” Film Partners
Distributor: Toho Co., Ltd.
World Sales: Toho Co., Ltd.
©2017 “A Loving Husband” Film Partners
About Toho Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-nine Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) every year since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.