pieta in the toilet
Luna Jul 04 2017 2:05 pm It’s a sad movie but so beautiful. It makes me think a lot because it has different perspectives on “life”. I do not regret seeing this.
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Pieta in the Toilet ( トイレのピエタ , Toire no Pieta) is a 2015 Japanese youth drama film directed by Daishi Matsunaga. It was released in Japan on June 6, 2015.    
On Film Business Asia, Derek Elley gave the film a 6 out of 10, calling it an “interesting drama of an offbeat friendship between a dying artist and a schoolgirl”. 
A story about a man who gave up his dream and life, and what decisions will he make before he die. Not a tearjerker one.
Hiroshi, once-promising young painter, now working part-time as a window cleaner. One day, he learns that he has cancer and only 3 months left to live. He then encounters Mai, a sassy high school student, during his last summer. (Source: Written by MyDramaList) Edit Translation
Inspired by “Godfather of Manga” Osamu Tezuka’s last diary page, this fraught and tender story marks the fiction debut for acclaimed documentary filmmaker Daishi Matsunaga. Hiroshi (Yojiro Noda, lead singer of popular Japanese rock band RADWIMPS in his first acting role) is an introverted painter once full of promise. During his work as a window cleaner, he falls suddenly ill and the doctor requires him to bring a family member for his test results. Not wanting to involve his family, Hiroshi pays a headstrong highschooler Mai (Hana Sugisaki), who he meets in the waiting room, to play his sister. Told that his days are numbered, Hiroshi struggles with his fate while Mai asks him, “Shall we go die together, then?”
Japan. 2015. 120 min. HDCAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Daishi Matsunaga. With Yojiro Noda, Hana Sugisaki, Lily Franky, Saya Ichikawa, Rie Miyazawa.
Eventually, though, Hiroshi can’t help but be influenced by the new people around him, mostly cancer patients like himself. There’s a jovially perverted old man, Yokota, whose behaviour is comically (and sometimes not so comically) gross, but who proves to be a good friend. There’s a cheery little boy, Takuto, who loves colouring in drawings of big robots. At first Hiroshi shuns him, but eventually is moved to sketch pictures for the lad – we already know he was a gifted artist who seemed indifferent to his talent. He also befriends Takuto’s gracious mother – Rie Miyazawa, who was excellent in such films as Twilight Samurai and Tony Takitani.
A pieta is a type of Christian artwork, a painting or sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Jesus after the crucifixion. In the film, Hiroshi is first shown a pieta sculpture by Takuto’s mother, who’s a Japanese Christian. We won’t give away Tezuka’s main idea for the story, but it’s the basis of the film’s last scenes, and a reminder that Tezuka was a lifelong artist. In the London Q&A, Matsunaga says, “I see the toilet space as a womb.” His character Hiroshi describes the toilet seriously as a “place of purification and rapture,” despite being previously humiliated by his incontinence. As for Pieta’s wider ethos, Matsunaga says, it’s that, “Living isn’t just breathing; living is about using one’s time to actually live.”