Hayakawa Takeru is a brilliant photographer who leads the high life in Tokyo. He reluctantly returns to his hometown for the first anniversary of his mother’s death. When he goes to see his older brother, Minoru, who has taken over the family service station, Takeru meets a childhood friend, Cheiko. She now works for Minoru. All three decided to go on an outing to the nearby canyons, a site of breathtaking beauty. Taking the lead, Takeru crosses a suspension footbridge over a ravine to take some photos. Moments later, Minoru and Cheiko decide to follow him. But as they cross the unstable footbridge, Cheiko falls to her death. After Cheiko’s funeral, Minoru is arrested. With only one witness, Minoru’s defense depends on the testimony of his brother alone. As the trial proceeds, we discover the gulf of jealousy and resentment between the two brothers. Takeru begins to have doubts about what he really saw that day.
Born in Hiroshima in 1974, Nishikawa Miwa received a degree in literature at the University of Waseda. She came to cinema while still at school when Kore-Eda Hirokazu urged her to join TV Man Union and work on his film After Life. After working as an assistant director on several independent films, she wrote and directed her first feature, Wild Berries (2003), which received the best screenplay prize at the Mainichi Film Competition. She next made a surrealist docudrama for NHK Hi Vision, with the star of Wild Berries. The film won a special prize in the documentary section of the ATP Awards. She has also written screenplays for the Yume Juya film series (based on the work of Natsume Soseki), which will be released in the autumn of 2006. Yureru is her second feature.
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