Two wounded souls discover the value of life through their daily encounters with death in Life Back Then
(a.k.a Antoki no Inochi
), director Takahisa Zeze's follow-up to his epic masterpiece Heaven's Story
. Based on the novel by Sada Masashi, the dark romance drama stars Okada Masaki (Confessions
) and Eikura Nana (April Bride
) as two young employees of a company that specializes in cleaning the homes of the deceased. The peculiar circumstance begins an emotional journey for the two, as they share their own traumatic pasts and find a way to start a future together. In the footstep of critically acclaimed Japanese films like Villain
, Life Back Then
had its world premiere as a competition film at the Montreal World Film Festival, subsequently winning the Innovation Award.
Three years after suffering a mental breakdown, Kyohei (Okada Masaki) attempts at returning to a normal life by working for a logistics company that cleans the abandoned homes of the deceased. There, he meets Yuki (Eikura Nana), a bright young woman who also works on his team. At the encouragement of their boss, Yuki attempts to help Kyohei adjust to his new job, but facing death on a daily basis only reminds Kyohei of the traumatic events that led to his breakdown. With the power of love, Kyohei and Yuki are able to heal by opening up to each other. However, are they ready to leave their past behind and look to the future together?
Premium Edition includes audio commentary, interviews, making of, the prologue drama special Tengoku he no Hikkoshiya, stage events, trailers, and a 12-page photo booklet.