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July 18, 2011 / California Film Institute Blog

Wandering Home

Driven to drink after years spent as a photojournalist in war-torn countries, Yasayuki Tsukahara (Tadanobu Asano of Mongol fame) finds his family – and his health – falling apart in the gripping drama, Wandering Home. His children have become alienated, his wife has left him in order to escape his abuse, and he finds himself in the hospital after vomiting blood. The doctors have issued a diagnosis: stop drinking, or die. He responds by admitting himself into an outpatient clinic, only to relapse. Now, his only choice is to carry out his detox and rehab in a mental hospital. Here, Tsukahara is forced to learn about himself while reconnecting with his family in order to overcome his addiction.

The movie is based on Yutaka Kamoshida’s best-selling autobiography of the same name. Kamoshida was well known in Japan both for his career as a war journalist and for his turbulent relationship to cartoonist Rieko Saibara. Although they divorced in 2003, Saibara helped him kick his alcoholism and cared for him until his death in 2007 due to kidney cancer. Wandering Home looks at the importance of family and loved ones to overcoming life’s hurdles.


Director: Yoichi Higashi

Producer: Tesujiro Yamagami, Yuji Sadai, Hiroki Ohwada, Mitsuru Ohshima

Writer: Yoichi Higashi (based on the novel by Yutaka Kamoshida)

Cinematography: Shinji Kugimiya

Editing: Yoichi Higashi

Music: Kiyoshiro Imawano

Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yosuke Fujioka, Jurea Mori, Mikako Ichikawa, Go Riju, Shoko Takada, Mikako Ichikawa, Yukijiro Hotaro, Ken Mitsuishi

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