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Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman

Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman

Directors: Mami Sunada
Japanese with subtitles
90 min min

When a recently retired Japanese businessman is diagnosed with incurable cancer, he reacts to the news with the same pragmatic approach that made him a successful salesman. In her directorial debut, Mami Sunada combines non-fiction film form with the growing trend of “end of life journals” among the elderly in Japan. By channeling her thoughts and feelings through her father’s “ending note”, Sunada abstracts the weight of a life and the pain of loss into a surprisingly hopeful and life-affirming message.

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Mami Sunada
Jeanne Randall Malkin Family Foundation