The Lies She Loved
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TSUTAYA CREATORS‘ PROGRAM FILM2015Grand Prix Prize Winner! “The man I loved and made my life with was living a lie...” An original script based on a true story is made into a film with an incredible cast!


A totally unique project based on a real newspaper articleIn
2015 the first TSUTAYA CREATORS’PROGRAM FILM 2015 was held. In order to develop new creators, operators of TSUTAYA the CCC Group recruited film projects from professional or amateur creators, and this film won the grand prize from among 474 entries. “Who was my husband? ” The project was based on an enigmatic article in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Was a loved one thought to be known better than anyone else just a lie? Why would a mango on lying like that? To gain an answer, the main character sets out on a journey eventually arriving at a new mystery. The film is a mature tale combining the genres of mystery and love.

The scriptwriter and director is Kazuhito Nakae, who is known as a planner and talented director of TV commercials. Having long aspired to become a film director, his wish is fulfilled in this, his first commercial motion picture. In the 2008ADFEST, he won the grand prize in the Fabulous Fourcategory, establishing him as a talent supporting the next generation of creators, well-known for commercials with an emotional appeal like those for Japan Post Bank, Sumitomo Life Insurance, and Sea Breeze. The female lead is played by Masami Nagasawa. She plays a complex and mature role of a totally career-driven woman who was awarded “Woman of the Year”, but is astounded to discover her boyfriend’s lies. Her boy friendis played by Issey Takahashi, an actor whose popularity has boomed with roles in “Shin Godzilla”, “Itsuka Kono Koi wo Omoidashite Kitto Naiteshimau”, and Quartet. Other actors round out this all-star cast.


She was the ideal to which women aspire. Yukari Kawahara (Masami Nagasawa), a career-focused woman who works for a beverage manufacturer, has been living with her boyfriend Kippei Koide (Issey Takahashi),a dependable medical researcher, for 5 years. One night when she is waiting for his return, she instead receives a sudden visit from the police. “Who is my boyfriend?” Kippei had collapsed from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, at which point it was discovered that his driver’s license, and medical license were falsified, and that even his profession and name were mere lies. Shocked at having been deceived and unable to hide her doubts as to the man’s true identity, Yukari makes up her mind to consult with a private investigator, Takumi Kaibara (Kotaro Yoshida). The search brings them to a 700-page novel that had been written by Kippei. In it are hints alluding to someone’s hometown, and the vision of a happy family. With help from Kaibara, Yukari learns that it is located somewhere along the Seto Inland Sea, and goes seeking Kippei’s secrets...Why did Kippei create a manufactured life, deceiving Yukari? Can she arrive at the true identity of the nameless man who remains unconscious in a hospital bed?

Kazuhito Nakae
Kazuhito Nakae
Masami Nagasawa
Issey Takahashi
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