Lear on the Shore
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The writer and director of this film, Masahiro Kobayashi has pursued his own independent style and is now recognized as a standout screenwriter. This is his 16th feature film.


Masahiro Kobayashi’s films, “Bootleg Film” (1998),” Koroshi” (2000), “Man Walking on Snow” (2001), and “Bashing” (2005), were nominated for awards at the Cannes Film Festival; “Amazing Story” (2003), “The Rebirth” (2007), “Where are you?” (2009), and “Strangers When We Meet” (2013) were invited to the Locarno International Film Festival. At the 60th Locarno International Film Festival, Kobayashi was received four awards at the same time including Golden Leopard for The Rebirth. He has particularly gained a high reputation as a screenwriter in Europe.
The star of this film is 84 years old Tatsuya Nakadai, who has been acting for 65 years. He played various roles in many films that were produced by the best film directors in Japan including Akira Kurosawa. Nakadai’s films have won Academy Awards, as well as prizes at all “Big Three” film festivals (Cannes, Venice, and Berlin). His costar Haru Kuroki, has gained a good reputation as an actress both in Japan and overseas, including receiving Best Actress (Silver Bear) from the Berlin International Film Festival for playing in “The Little House” in 2014. The very first Kobayashi’s film that Tatsuya Nakadai appeared on was “Haru’s Journey” (2010).
Captivated by Kobayashi’s screen play, Nakadai readily agreed to play a role in his subsequent film, “Japan’s Tragedy “(2012).
Kobayashi wrote this screenplay, “Lear on the Shore”, to show his deference for Nakadai, who now stars in three of Kobayashi’s films.
Tatsuya Nakadai plays Chokitsu, a main character in “Lear on the Shore”. There is no doubt that he is the best actor in the film industry in Japan.
A great lineup of talented actors is set to appear in this film: Haru Kuroki, Mieko Harada, Kaoru Kobayashi, and Hiroshi Abe. The story is about a former star actor who is now a shadow of his former self. He is experiencing strong emotional conflicts with people who are involved with him. They enthusiastically play each role to express their complex relationship intertwined with “purity” and “wickedness” in the film.


“And who might you be?”
Chokitsu Kuwabatake (Tatsuya Nakadai) is a major star actor with a career spanning over half a century both on stage and on screen, in addition to presiding over an acting school. But this once-glorious star with an indomitable love of acting now appears to be suffering from dementia, leading his eldest daughter Yukiko (Mieko Harada) and her husband Yukio (Hiroshi Abe), who was also Chokitsu’s apprentice, to throw him into a high-end senior home—and only after making him write a will.
But one day, Chokitsu runs away from the senior home. As if pulled by some force, he walks aimlessly along the beach, wearing silk pajamas and a coat, dragging his suitcase along. As he wanders along, he suddenly meets Nobuko (Haru Kuroki), his daughter with another woman other than his wife. He had kicked Nobuko out of the house in rage after she herself had a baby out of wedlock. He sees in Nobuko the mirage of King Lear’s beloved daughter Cordelia. The madness of Lear possesses Chokitsu, and when his memories come swelling up, his heart begins to shine for the last time in his life.

Masahiro Kobayashi
Shigemichi Sugita
Masahiro Kobayashi
Tatsuya Nakadai
Haru Kuroki
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