A Hundred Flowers
On New Year's Eve, Izumi goes to visit his mother, retired piano teacher Yuriko. But she is not home and so he goes looking for her; he finds her cold to the bone in a playground. Back home, it turns out she has done her best in the kitchen, but Izumi barely touches all the food and soon leaves. Once, when he was a child, his mother disappeared without explanation for a long time - a trauma he has never really processed. When she gets lost again one day, it soon becomes clear what is wrong: Alzheimer's. While Izumi struggles with his memories, Yuriko's are rapidly disappearing. What is clear is that she can no longer take care of herself.
The debuting Genki Kawamura is a screenwriter, film producer and author of picture books for children in addition to being a director. But he also writes novels; in 2019, he published Hyakka, which he has now adapted to film himself: A Hundred Flowers - a story about forgetting and forgiving.