Tomokazu Miura was born in 1952 in Yamanashi Prefecture. He made his film debut in 1974 co-starring with Momoe Yamaguchi in Izu no Odoriko, directed by Katsumi Nishikawa. He had many film roles following this, notably including those in Hi no Ataru Sakamichi, Sugata Sanshirō, Kemonotachi no Atsui Nemuri, Dainippon Teikoku, Taifū Kurabu (won Hōchi Newspaper Award for Best Supporting Actor & 7th Yokohama Film Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor), 226, and Munō no Hito. In addition, he has appeared in a great number of television dramas, his best-known work being in Akai Giwaku and the subsequent Akai series, Himawari no Shi, Keiretsu, Terigaki, Otoko no Ibasho, and others, earning him an excellent reputation for his acting versatility.
 
Eriko Watanabe was born in Yamagata Prefecture. In 1978 she formed the 3○○ (Sanjūmaru) theatrical company, taking on the multiple roles of supervisor, playwright, director and actress to present a great number of plays. In 1983, she received the 27th Kunio Kishida Award, a prestigious prize for new dramatists in Japan, for her play Gegege no Ge – Ouma no Toki ni Yureru Buranko. In 1987 she received the 22nd Kinokuniya Theatre Award for Mabuta no Onna – Mada Minu Umi kara no Tegami. She has also had roles in various films including Ikoka Modoroka, Kowagaru Hitobito (5th Instalment: Gorōhachi Kōkū), Chūshingura Gaiden Yotsuya Kaidan, and Shall We Dansu?.
 
Tsurutarō Kataoka was born in Tokyo in 1954. He was involved mostly in variety television shows until he appeared in the 1986 television drama Danjo Shichinin Natsu Monogatari and was well-received as an actor. In 1988, he gave an excellent performance in Ijintachi to no Natsu (directed by Nobuhiko Ōbayashi) playing the father of a good-natured ghost, and went on to win all the awards for that year. He has appeared in other films including Yōjo no Jidai, Zatōichi, Mr. Redī – Yoake no Shinderera, Menkyo ga Nai!, Onnazakari, and Sharaku.
 
Yūko Natori was born in Kanagawa Prefecture, and had her major film debut in 1979 in the film Kanpaku Sengen. Her imposing portrayal of a female painter in times of upheaval in Tomiko Miyao's Jo no Mai earned her overnight recognition. After that she steadily built her career with a string of roles in films including Irodori Kawa, Jidaiya no Nyōbō 2, Kai, Shuto Shōshitsu, Yoshiwara Enjō, Nikutai no Mon, and Ijintachi to no Natsu. Other notable film performances include Yōjo no Jidai, Madonna no Kodoku, Shuryō ni Natta Otoko, Hissatsu! 5 Ōgon no Chi, Jēmusu-yama no Riran, and Mākusu no Yama.
 
Yōko Nogiwa was born in Toyama Prefecture. After working as a newsreader for NHK, she appeared in a large number of television dramas including Akai Daiya and Kii Hantā. Her best work in recent years was her portrayal of the scary mother-in-law in Zutto Anata ga Suki Datta. Thereafter, she went on to play vital characters in various TBS dramas including Daburu Kitchin, Suīto Hōmu, and Watashi no Unmei. She has also had roles in many films including Saraba Mosukuwa Gurentai, Injū, Midare Karakuri, Nihyaku Sankōchi, Natsufuku no Ivu, Daireikai, Zennin no Jōken, Shasō, and Shurajō no Ningengaku.
 
Chōsuke Ikariya was born in Tokyo in 1931, and was a household name as the leader of the music group Za Dorifutāzu (The Drifters). In 1990 he received favourable reviews for his tense performance as a man who had turned into a devil in Kikoku, directed by Akira Kurosawa. Continuing on, he gave us a glimpse of his fascinating presence, dressed up as a small-town factory worker as a supporting actor in Musuko (directed by Yōji Yamada). He also appeared in many television dramas, the most notable being his performance as the policeman Heihachirō Waku in 1998's Odoru Daisōsasen, creating an intense presence that carried on into Odoru Daisōsasen THE MOVIE, winning him a Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actor, and becoming his most successful role.
 
 
  CAST
  Fujio Kawajiri - Tomokazu Miura
Yūko Kawajiri - Eriko Watanabe
Michio Hirose - Tsurutarō Kataoka
Kimiko Hirose - Yūko Natori
Tsuneko Takada - Yōko Nogiwa
Yoshizō Takada - Chōsuke Ikariya
Yōko Kawajiri - Aya Hirayama
Yoshitarō Kawajiri - Kazunori Sasaki
Shōta Hirose - Shun Oguri
Tetsuo Hasegawa - Hiroshi Abe
Bar Madame - Manami Fuji
Television Show Hosts - Akihiro Yoshimura, Aki Mukai
Shigeo Yamagata (繁男) - Yū Tokui
Shop Floor Manager - Shinobu Ōtake
Head of Personnel Department - Shinobu Tsuruta
Happiness Delivery Man - Shingo Yanagisawa
Patrolman - Takashi Sasano
Yasuharu Shinagawa - Nenji Kobayashi
 

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