A Terminal Trust

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A Terminal Trust
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Directed by Masayuki Suo
Produced by Chihiro Kameyama
Written by Masayuki Suo
Based on Tsui no Shintaku
by Tatsuki Saku
Starring Tamiyo Kusakari
Koji Yakusho
Takao Osawa
Tadanobu Asano
Music by Yoshikazu Suo
Cinematography Rokuro Terada
Edited by Junichi Kikuchi
Release date
Running time
144 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

A Terminal Trust (終の信託, Tsui no Shintaku) is a 2012 Japanese drama film directed by Masayuki Suo and starring Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho, Takao Osawa and Tadanobu Asano. It is Suo's first fiction film since I Just Didn't Do It (2007).



The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in September 2012[1] and screened in the Special Screening section at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2012.[2]


Mark Schilling of The Japan Times said, "Expect something thoughtful, informed — and utterly unlike the usual sob-fest Japanese medical melodrama."[3] James Hadfield of Time Out said, "Trust director Masayuki Suo to reunite the stars of his most popular film for a cheery romantic drama about assisted dying. Shall We Dance? leads Tamiyo Kusakari and Koji Yakusho play a doctor and her terminally ill patient, with a support cast including Tadanobu Asano and Takao Osawa."[2] Hugo Ozman of Twitch Film described the film as "a thought-provoking film that will please viewers who like serious dramas" and "a beautiful film with deep meanings and some of the best performances in a Japanese film this year."[4] However, John Defore of The Hollywood Reporter said, "It's understandable Suo would want to give so much screen time to the highly sympathetic Yakusho, but doing so doesn't serve the dramatic structure of a film that might've been much more provocative than it is."[1]


  1. ^ a b DeFore, John (September 3, 2012). "A Terminal Trust (Tsui No Shintaku): Montreal Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  2. ^ a b Hadfield, James (October 5, 2012). "TIFF: what to watch". Time Out. Archived from the original on November 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Schilling, Mark (October 19, 2012). "Understand Japanese cinema". The Japan Times. 
  4. ^ Ozman, Hugo (September 25, 2012). "Japanese Film Festival 2012 Review: A TERMINAL TRUST Is So Close To Being Another Suo Masayuki Classic". Twitch Film. 

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