The Knot (Musubime)
Directed by Yuichi Onuma | JAPAN | 2010 | 91min | Subtitled | (Q&A) | *Adult Situations*
We are often bound to the past, but how do we break free so we can live our lives? In the middle of a passionless marriage to a well-meaning yet doltish husband (Masaki Miura), housewife Ayako (Mukku Akazawa) lives a mundane existence that includes taking care of her father-in-law (Koichi Ueda), an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Resigned to her fate, a trip to the local laundry throws all of this into a tangled mess when she finds that the proprietor is her former high school teacher and first lover Keisuke (Junichi Kawamoto), who is also married. Upon his inadvertent reunification with Ayako, the sadly stoic Keisuke comes to life and vows to fulfill a promise made via a knotted red ribbon that signified their forbidden love. THE KNOT not only examines what occurred in the past, but how the past affects the present and the future.