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After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life. The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family.


Weaving together multiple timelines and genres with a contemplative pacing and keen sense of place, hallmarks of Kawase’s work, TRUE MOTHERS is “is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion” (Awards Watch).

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    140 min
  • Language
    Japanese with English subtitles
  • Country
    Japan
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Naomi Kawase
  • Screenwriter
    Izumi Takahashi, An Tôn Thât
  • Producer
    Yumiko Takebe
  • Executive Producer
    Naoya Kinoshita
  • Cast
    Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Miyoko Asada
  • Cinematographer
    Yuta Tsukinaga, Naoki Sakakibara
  • Editor
    Tina Baz, Yoichi Shibuya
  • Production Design
    Setsuko Shiokawa
  • Music
    Akira Kosemura, An Tôn Thât