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Director  Masayuki Suo
Music director  Yoshikazu Suo
Language  Japanese
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  Masayuki Suo
Country  Japan
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Release date  September 3, 2012 (2012-09-03) (Montreal World Film Festival)
Based on  Tsui no Shintaku  by Tatsuki Saku
Writer  Tatsuki Saku (based on the novel by), Masayuki Suo (screenplay)
Cast  Tamiyo Kusakari (Ayano Orii), Kōji Yakusho (Shinzo Egi), Tadanobu Asano (Noriyuki Takai), Takao Osawa (Toru Tsukahara), Yoshihiko Hosoda (Shoichi Sugita), Kumi Nakamura (Yoko Egi)
Similar movies  Related Masayuki Suo movies

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A Terminal Trust (終の信託, Tsui no Shintaku) is a 2012 Japanese drama film directed by Masayuki Suo and starring Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho, Takao Osawa and Tadanobu Asano. It is Suo's first fiction film since I Just Didn't Do It (2007).



  • Tamiyo Kusakari as Ayano Orii
  • Koji Yakusho as Shinzo Egi
  • Takao Osawa as Tsukahara
  • Tadanobu Asano as Takai
  • Release

    The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in September 2012 and screened in the Special Screening section at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2012.


    Mark Schilling of The Japan Times said, "Expect something thoughtful, informed — and utterly unlike the usual sob-fest Japanese medical melodrama." James Hadfield of Time Out said, "Trust director Masayuki Suo to reunite the stars of his most popular film for a cheery romantic drama about assisted dying. Shall We Dance? leads Tamiyo Kusakari and Koji Yakusho play a doctor and her terminally ill patient, with a support cast including Tadanobu Asano and Takao Osawa." Hugo Ozman of Twitch Film described the film as "a thought-provoking film that will please viewers who like serious dramas" and "a beautiful film with deep meanings and some of the best performances in a Japanese film this year." However, John Defore of The Hollywood Reporter said, "It's understandable Suo would want to give so much screen time to the highly sympathetic Yakusho, but doing so doesn't serve the dramatic structure of a film that might've been much more provocative than it is."


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