Inspired by the middle-life revelations and the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico, veteran director Yoshimitsu Morita -- most famous in the West for his satirical Family Game -- wrote the script to this bleak comedy about loss and forgiveness. The film centers on former fire extinguisher salesman Muraishi (Tetsuta Sugimoto) who just finished his prison sentence for fraud. He wants to return to his former home in the northern city of Hakodate to find his wife, Kiriko (Satomi Kobayashi) -- the Japanese pronunciation of Chirico -- and to start over again. The problem is, he is unable to find her. Fortunately, he is aided with unusual abilities -- he can read the minds of others, and sense whether a space is healthy or unwell. He recruits two initially skeptical people, a real estate agent (Go Riju) and a cabby (Masanobu Katsumura). When Muraishi confronts a total stranger for her past thieving, they think he is a loon ball; but when she confesses, they both become believers. When Muraishi finally does track down his errant wife, he finds her managing a shady hostess bar and living with her thuggish boyfriend. In spite of Muraishi's unique skills, he learns that they cannot atone for his past sins or help in matters of the heart. Morita's former assistant director, Tomoyuki Akaishi, helmed this work.
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