Daibyonin

Daibyonin
Directed by Juzo Itami
Written by Juzo Itami
Starring Rentaro Mikuni
Masahiko Tsugawa
Nobuko Miyamoto
Studio Itami Productions
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s) 1993
Running time 116 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Daibyonin (The Last Dance or The Seriously Ill) is a 1993 film directed by the Japanese filmmaker Juzo Itami, about the final year of a successful film director suffering from cancer.

The film can be seen as a criticism of the traditional attitudes of Japanese doctors to their patients, especially the withholding of information from patients suffering from terminal illnesses. It also touches on other end-of-life issues for the terminally ill.

The cast includes Rentaro Mikuni (Buhei Mikai, the film director), Masahiko Tsugawa (Doctor Ogata) and Nobuko Miyamoto (Buhei‘s wife).

Mikuni was nominated for the Best Actor award at the Japanese Academy Awards for his role in this film and Tsuribaka nisshi 6.

Plot

Buhei Mikai is a successful actor and film director, and is making a film about a middle aged married couple, both of whom are dying of cancer.

After he vomits blood when he is with his mistress, Buhei’s wife takes him to the hospital, where the doctor diagnoses him with terminal cancer and operates on his stomach. However, he withholds this information from Buhei, and tells him he has an ulcer.

After a remission, Buhei again becomes ill, is operated on for a second time, and is confined to hospital. Gradually he guesses that he must be suffering from cancer, despite constant reassurances to the contrary from his wife and doctor.

After an unsuccessful suicide attempt, the doctor and wife decide to tell him the truth. After wrestling with his conscience, Dr Ogata also allows Buhei to direct the final scene of his film, even though the effort will shorten his life, and agrees not to administer drugs that would prolong his life at the cost of more pain and suffering.

Buhei completes his film. He tells the doctor how grateful his is that he was honest about his condition and could live his final weeks to the full. In the last scene, he dies, surrounded by his wife, doctor, nurse and members of the film production crew.

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