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Goodbye, Grandpa!

Summer, Yoshiko receives a phone call about her grandfather's death when she is having sex with her boyfriend. Thus, the funeral of her grandfather begins with slovenly uncle, termagant aunt, shut-in cousin, and grandma who have dementia. No one cries at the funeral. Through accidents happening, Yoshiko sees feelings of her families that she hasn't noticed before and starts to think about "life" and "death". After, she makes a new step out to visit the Ganges River in India.

  • Yukihiro Morigaki
    Zenmaishiki Fufu (2014, short film)
  • Sahoko Yamazaki
  • Takuo Shima
  • Kazuyuki Kitaki
  • Takamasa Araki
  • Yuki Akutagawa
  • Yukino Kishii
    Key Cast
    Grab the Sun
  • Ryo Iwamatsu
    Key Cast
    March Comes in Like a Lion
  • Ken Mitsuishi
    Key Cast
    Outrage 0 Coda
  • Jun Miho
    Key Cast
  • Miki Mizuno
    Key Cast
    Guilty of Romance
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    1 hour 41 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 30, 2017
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  • Tokyo International Film Festival
    October 29, 2017
    World Premiere
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
    November 29, 2017
    International Premiere
    First Feature Competition
  • International Film Festival & Awards • Macao: IFFAMACAO
    December 9, 2017
    Asian Premiere
  • 24th France Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas

    Competition/Grand Prix du International Jury
  • 32nd Festival International de Films de Fribourg

    International Competition
  • 10th Bengaluru International Film Festival

Director Biography - Yukihiro Morigaki

Born in Hiroshima 1983. Morigaki made documentaries in University. Working for a production house, he is now a well-known director in TV commercial industry. Morigaki has won awards of CANNES LIONS, ACC CM FESTIVAL for TV-CM works. Goodbye, Grandpa! is his first feature film.

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Director Statement

I can’t be happier to make my first feature film on an original script.
I felt I felt a lump in my throat after watching the first cut with my team. It was like my boyhood self saying “good job” to me which made me suffocated. Can this film satisfy people? Can it make any change to someone’s life? My boyhood self made a big pressure on me. I was deeply influenced by movies at childhood therefore I wish my film will swim majestically in the big ocean like a whale.
My biggest luck was to meet the genius scriptwriter, Sahoko Yamazaki. I heard that she was a “shape” “crotchety” person to be careful with, but we hit it off well with each other right after first meet. We are at same age and have much in common. As we were sharp-tongued on things, I could easily image working with her. The next day she sent me the script of “Goodbye, Grandpa!”. I read it without stopping whilst recalling my grandfather and grandmother, and tears fell in drops. I called her right away and said I’ll make it into a film. Every word in the dialogue seems to be simple but is full of meaning. I guess we wrote 20 revisions. Words in between lines makes the expression richer as well.
When summer comes, it reminds me the shooting of “Goodbye, Grandpa!” My team was made of old pals from my TVC projects so I thought it’d be just like my ordinary works. But after all, it was totally different for a film shooting. I felt the responsibility to be the leader and felt the team following my willing to ramble forward. That was a precious experience of my lifetime. I remember the meal boxes made by the people in town, on each with my team name (=Morigaki-kumi) written. I am so grateful to the staff and the cast, for bringing me so much fun at shooting.