Synopsis: After the collapse of their relationship, Kiwako abducts the 6-month old child of a man she was having an affair with. Raising the child as her own, it is four years before the authorities catch up with her and the young child.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Izuru Narushima
  13 wins & 4 nominations.
147 min

I wake up in the

middle of the night

Every night ...

it's been 4 years

I hear a cry in my sleep

The voice of

a baby screaming

calling me for help

I wake up and look around

Erina is not here

Although I am a mother

Her warm embrace

cannot soothe my pain

Some said

"make another baby"

How can they

be so insensitive

Until she came back

I thought I would

go crazy

As a couple

Erina was our treasure

But the Erina

who came back

of course is our child


the little

Does not see us

as her real parents

She thinks her abductor

is her real mother

She loves her

Do you know how painful

how sad this is?

That woman

Has robbed the whole family

The pain of our family

Even as Erina is back

still continues

That woman

Stole not only

Erina's body

But her heart also

One who takes a life

gets the death penalty

But she took the heart

of a whole family

And there is no death

penalty for her

This is why I say ...

Give us back

our happiness

Etsuko told me:

"You are bare like

a tree in winter"

"You got pregnant from Hiroshi

but terminated it"

"now it went bad and

you can't conceive anymore"

"That's the price you pay

for killing a baby"

When Etsuko got pregnant

I thought I had to take

a distance from Hiroshi

But I was too weak

I couldn't

Etsuko was calling

every day

Crying for her

husband to return

or the next day talking

about Hiroshi's sex life

taking pleasure in

an open discussion

an other day

verbally abusing me

she kept calling

every day

She seemed almost crazy

when I heard

the baby was born

I just wanted to take

a glance at the baby

one look and that

would be enough

then I would forget everything

change place and job

Start a new life with

my dad's inheritance

It was all set

in my heart

Kaoru ...

Little Kaoru

...protect this child

I will protect

this child

Her smile would

comfort me

would forgive that ...

I had killed my baby

in the womb

tried to steal

a married man

for all these

she would be

my forgiveness

this is ...

what I thought

"In a baby's most

tender years"

"the accused took her

away from her parents"

"at a time when a child

needs affection most"

"she dispossessed her"

"That little Erina's emotional

scars will remain"

"is also a concern"

"Despite the cruelty

of the crime"

"The accused doesn't

reconsider her act"

"or show any sign of regret"

"it is useless to expect

any sincere remorse"

"And in the view

of these facts"

"We apply the sentence

of 6 years imprisonment"

"We have given this penalty

due consideration"

Let the accused

come to the bar

This is the end

of the trial

Does the accused

want to say something?

If you do

please be concise

Until I was arrested

I would pray

every day of my life

and every day, all day

to live with Kaoru

And I lived praying


For four year

I was allowed to taste

the joy of motherhood

I would like to thank

Mr. and Mrs. Akiyama

Wouldn't you rather apologize

than thank them?

There is no word

of apology

Just die!

Why don't you die!

Please calm down


[The loneliness of

the 8th day cicada]

[John Mayer - Daughters]

I know a girl

she puts the color

inside of my world

But she's just

like a maze

Where all of the walls

all continually change

And I've done ...

Ms Akiyama

We're going out to karaoke

I work until

Oh, right

You're Erina Akiyama?

I'm Ando

a freelance writer

May we have

a little talk?

Are you a journalist?

You are little

Kaoru, right?

I'd like to ask you questions

about the abduction

I don't remember it


If you remember anything

please tell me

I'll come again

Finished Work?

Be careful on the way back


Mrs. Akiyama

congratulations !


It's a family reunion

How do you feel right now?

How do you feel

about the accused?

Do you feel she

is your own kid?

Erina found in Kagawa, Shodoshima

with 33-year-old abductor

Erina reunited with family

after an absence of 1342 days

Kazuo Nozomi, no regrets

expresses gratitude instead of apologies

Oh, Yasue!

Yeah ... Who is it?

Kiwako Nozomi

I'm sorry

Right now I'm in

your neighborhood

Close to your house

Alright, thank you

Little Kaoru

It's cold out there

So your Mom got married

and made you!?

Little Kaoru is so cute

Little Kaoru

Let's make a tea pot?



What's her dosage?

About that, Yasue

I need your help

What kind of help?

I did not actually get married

I lived together

with this kid's father

but I ran away


He was hitting the baby

So I decided to take

the child and run

Tell me Kiwa, could

this person be ...?

No way! Of course not

So, help me please

I Broke with up with

that other guy long ago

He was so mean

Although he was married

He told you he'd leave

if you cheated on him

I thought of going

myself and yell at him

Yasue, typical

Remember our teacher

was smoking in class

You started getting

angry at him

I did?

You are the same

person I used to know

But there's

no going back

You don't need

to be so dramatic

I'll help you

You can ask me

anything you want

Next, the infant

abduction in Kanagawa

A 4 month old baby

disappeared yesterday

in Hiratsuka City

Kanagawa Prefecture



"Mom and Baby Everyday"

Erina daughter of

Mr. Hiroshi Akiyama

Is 4 months old


"My first Baby"

According to the police

yesterday around 8:30 am

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Satoko Okudera

Satoko Okudera (奥寺 佐渡子, Okudera Satoko, born 1966 in Iwate Prefecture) is a Japanese screenwriter. She is known for her screenplays in both the live-action and anime mediums. Her 1995 screenplay for Gakkō no kaidan was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize. She is best known for her collaborations with anime director Mamoru Hosoda. more…

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