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Director  Kaneto Shindo
Music director  Hikaru Hayashi
Country  Japan
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance, War
Screenplay  Kaneto Shindo
Language  Japanese
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Writer  Kaneto Shindo (screenplay)
Release date  August 27, 2010 (2010-08-27) (Tokyo IFF)
Cast  Etsushi Toyokawa (Keita Matsuyama), Naomasa Musaka (Sadazo Morikawa), Akira Emoto (Yukichi Morikawa, the Father-in-Law), Shinobu Ōtake (Tomoko Morikawa)
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Postcard (一枚のハガキ, Ichimai no hagaki) is a 2010 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo. It was Shindo's last film. The film is set during and after the Second World War, and it deals with the effect on families of the death of soldiers. It is loosely based on director Shindo's wartime experiences.


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Near the end of the Second World War, Sadazo Morikawa (Naomasa Musaka) is one of a group of 100 overaged conscripts for the Japanese navy assigned to cleaning duty. Once the cleaning duty has finished, the members are chosen by lottery for various duties. Sadazo is assigned to serve in the Philippines. He thinks he will not survive, and asks a comrade, Matsuyama (Etsushi Toyokawa) to return a postcard to his wife, Tomoko (Shinobu Otake), and tell her that he received it before he died.

Earlier, Sadazo is conscripted, and he says goodbye to his parents Yukichi (Akira Emoto) and Chiyo (Mitsuko Baisho) and wife Tomoko. Later, a military official reports Sadazo's death. Sadazo's parents plead with Tomoko not to leave, and to marry their younger son Sanpei (Yasuhito Ochi). Tomoko agrees to marry Sanpei. Sanpei is conscripted. He considers running away but his parents tell him it is useless. Sanpei dies in the war. Later, during farm work, Yukichi dies from a heart condition. Chiyo gives Tomoko some money and then hangs herself.

The war ends and Matsuyama returns to Japan. His wife has run away after an affair with his father, and is now working as a bar hostess in Osaka. They meet and argue, and she tells him she wishes he had died in the war. Matsuyama makes his way to Tomoko's house to deliver the postcard. He talks about Sadazo and tells her he plans to go to Brazil. He has 200,000 yen from the sale of his fishing boat, and he tries to give her half. She refuses. He has a fight with Kichigoro (Ren Osugi), another suitor of Tomoko. After Tomoko and Matsuyama quarrel, they agree to go to Brazil together. They burn Sadazo and Sanpei's ashes. Tomoko gets drunk and sets fire to the house. Matsuyama pulls her out of the burning house. They decide to stay in Japan and grow barley on the site of the old house. The film ends with them in the field of barley.


  • Etsushi Toyokawa as Keita Matsuyama
  • Shinobu Otake as Tomoko Morikawa
  • Naomasa Musaka as Morikawa
  • Akira Emoto as Yukichi Morikawa
  • Ren Ohsugi as Kichigoro
  • Production

    The film is loosely based on Shindo's experiences during the Second World War, when, despite being considered poorly fit for military service, he was one of a unit of 100 men conscripted into the Japanese navy, of whom only six survived, solely because of a lottery. Shindo was 98 years old at the time of filming.

    The musical score is by Shindo's long term collaborator, Hikaru Hayashi.


    The film was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.


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