A Beloved Wife
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    A Beloved Wife

    Directed by

    Japan

    2019

    117 min

    • Japanese

    Comedy drama

    An unpopular screenwriter, Gota, and his wife, Chika, have been married for ten years with a daughter between them. Gota earns a paltry $5,000 a year and is a pathetically poor family breadwinner. As such, he is constantly being berated and belittled by Chika. He yearns to restore a normal sex with his wife, but she rebuffs him and forces him to suffer in frustrated silence. And then a big opportunity arrives to turn things around. One of the plots he has been developing based on an actual news story gets noticed, and a request comes in for him to parlay it into a screenplay. But with no guarantee that anything will come of it, Gota hasn’t the funds nor a driver’s license to get him to locations requiring story research and development. So he persuades Chika to drive the family out into the countryside on ostensibly a working vacation for three. A hapless husband and father with reams of unsatisfied sexual desire but no money or work, and a heavily-drinking wife who makes sport in disparaging him. You may wince; you may recoil, but above all, you’ll laugh and cry in spite of yourself as you probe the invisible bonds that keep a desperately married couple together in this endearing family comedy.

    Awards

    • Best Screenplay Award - Tokyo IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Gaku Hamada
    Asami Mizukawa
    Chise Niitsu
    Screenplay
    Shin Adachi
    Production
    COLORBIRD INC.

    Press

    Shin Adachi

    Shin Adachi

    Japan

    Born in 1973, Japan. He is a screenwriter and director. Adachi is known for writing the screenplay for 100 YEN LOVE (2014), which was selected as Japan's entry for the foreign language Oscar at the 88th Academy Awards and the film won Best Picture and Best Screenplay at the Japan Academy Awards. A BELOVED WIFE (2019) is his latest film.