A Terminal Trust

Last updated
A Terminal Trust
A Terminal Trust poster.jpeg
Directed by Masayuki Suo
Produced byChihiro Kameyama
Written byMasayuki Suo
Based onTsui no Shintaku
by Tatsuki Saku
Starring Tamiyo Kusakari
Kōji Yakusho
Tadanobu Asano
Takao Osawa
Music byYoshikazu Suo
CinematographyRokuro Terada
Edited byJunichi Kikuchi
Release date
Running time
144 minutes

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

Masayuki Suo is a Japanese film director. He is best known for his two Japan Academy Prize-winning films, 1992's Sumo Do, Sumo Don't and 1996's Shall We Dance?.

Tamiyo Kusakari is a Japanese actress and former ballet dancer. In 1997 her portrayal of Mai Kishikawa in Shall We Dance? won a Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Kōji Yakusho Japanese actor

Kōji Hashimoto, known professionally as Kōji Yakusho, is a Japanese actor.



Tadanobu Asano Japanese actor

Tadanobu Satō, better known by his stage name Tadanobu Asano, is a Japanese actor and musician.

Takao Osawa Japanese actor

Takao Osawa is a Japanese actor.

Yoshihiko Hosoda is a Japanese actor from Tokyo who has starred the movies Detroit Metal City (2008) and Ooku (2010). He was once affiliated to the talent agency Stardust Promotion under his stage name Yoshihiko Hosoda, but left in October 2013. He is currently affiliated to Alpha Agency under his real name.


The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in September 2012 [1] and screened in the Special Screening section at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2012. [2]

Montreal World Film Festival annual film festival held in Montreal, Canada

The Montreal World Film Festival, founded in 1977, is one of Canada's oldest international film festivals and the only competitive film festival in North America accredited by the FIAPF. The public festival is held annually in late August in the city of Montreal in Quebec. Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival, which has a greater focus on Canadian and other North American films, the Montreal World Film Festival has a larger diversity of films from all over the world.

The 25th annual Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) was held from October 20 to October 28, 2012.


Mark Schilling of The Japan Times said, "Expect something thoughtful, informed — and utterly unlike the usual sob-fest Japanese medical melodrama." [3] 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 Kōji Yakusho play a doctor and her terminally ill patient, with a support cast including Tadanobu Asano and Takao Osawa." [2] 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." [4] 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." [1]

<i>The Japan Times</i> newspaper

The Japan Times is Japan's largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper. It is published by The Japan Times, Ltd., a subsidiary of News2u Holdings, Inc.. It is headquartered in the Kioicho Building in Kioicho, Chiyoda, Tokyo.

<i>Time Out</i> (magazine) Magazine

Time Out is a global magazine published by Time Out Group. Time Out started as a London-only publication in 1968 and has expanded its editorial recommendations to 315 cities in 58 countries worldwide.

Related Research Articles

Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japanese film director, screenwriter and film critic

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, film critic and a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. Although he has worked in a variety of genres, Kurosawa is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre.

<i>Shall We Dance?</i> (1996 film) 1996 film by Masayuki Suo

Shall We Dance? is a 1996 Japanese film. Its title refers to the song "Shall We Dance?" which comes from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. It was directed by Masayuki Suo. It inspired the 2004 American remake of the same name.

<i>Warm Water Under a Red Bridge</i> 2001 film by Shōhei Imamura

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a 2001 Japanese film by director Shōhei Imamura. This was Imamura's last feature film. It was entered into the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Blackpool Dance Festival

The 8-day Blackpool Dance Festival is the world's first and most famous annual ballroom dance competition of international significance, held in the Empress Ballroom at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England since 1920. It is also the largest ballroom competition: in 2013, 2953 couples from 60 countries took part in the festival.

Hana no Ran (花の乱) was the 33rd Taiga drama to be broadcast on the NHK network in Japan. It premiered on 3 April 1994 and its finale aired on 25 December of the same year.

Kazuki Namioka is a Japanese actor. He made his acting debut in the television series Pride. He appeared in Hiroshi Shinagawa's 2009 debut film Drop. He also co-starred with Kōji Yakusho in Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins.

<i>I Just Didnt Do It</i> 2007 film by Masayuki Suo

I Just Didn't Do It is a 2007 Japanese film directed by Masayuki Suo, starring Ryo Kase, Asaka Seto and Kōji Yakusho.

<i>Sad Vacation</i> 2007 film by Shinji Aoyama

Sad Vacation is a 2007 Japanese drama film written and directed by Shinji Aoyama, adapted from his novel. Being third and last of Aoyama's "Kitakyushu Saga", Sad Vacation brings together several characters from his previous films Helpless and Eureka and continues to explore their lives, all the while being a separate story that doesn't require watching previous films. It was named after the Johnny Thunders song.

<i>My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?</i> (film) 2005 film by Shinji Aoyama

My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?, originally titled as Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani?, is a 2005 Japanese drama film directed by Shinji Aoyama, starring Tadanobu Asano. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

<i>Villons Wife</i> (film) 2009 film by Kichitaro Negishi

Villon's Wife is a 2009 Japanese drama film directed by Kichitaro Negishi.

Dora-heita is a 2000 Japanese film by Director Kon Ichikawa. It was the 74th film made by Ichikawa.

Masanori Tominaga is a Japanese film director. His 1999 short film, Dolmen, received the Honorary Mention of the International Jury at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in 2000.

The 18th Yokohama Film Festival (第18回ヨコハマ映画祭) was held on 2 February 1997 in Kannai Hall, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

<i>Lady Maiko</i> 2014 film by Masayuki Suo

Lady Maiko is a 2014 Japanese musical comedy film written and directed by Masayuki Suo, starring Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa, and Sumiko Fuji. It screened in competition at the 2014 Shanghai International Film Festival on June 16, 2014. It was released in Japan on September 13, 2014.

<i>Sanada Taiheiki</i> Japanese TV series

Sanada Taiheiki (真田太平記) is a Japanese television jidaigeki or period drama that was broadcast on NHK in 1985–1986. It is based on Shōtarō Ikenami's novel by the same title. The drama focuses on the history of the Sanada clan during the late Sengoku period.


  1. 1 2 DeFore, John (September 3, 2012). "A Terminal Trust (Tsui No Shintaku): Montreal Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. 1 2 Hadfield, James (October 5, 2012). "TIFF: what to watch". Time Out. Archived from the original on November 26, 2012.
  3. Schilling, Mark (October 19, 2012). "Understand Japanese cinema". The Japan Times.
  4. Ozman, Hugo (September 25, 2012). "Japanese Film Festival 2012 Review: A TERMINAL TRUST Is So Close To Being Another Suo Masayuki Classic". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on March 8, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2012.