The Clone Returns Home

Synopsis: The Clone Returns Home is a compelling meditation on the paradox of life and death, and the meaning of love and family. Set in an imaginary - yet utterly imaginable - future, this quietly provocative film skillfully transposes complex emotional drama into the realm of science fiction by exploring the influence of technology on human memory and experience. Filled with stunning imagery and haunting stillness, The Clone Returns Home deftly combines subtly nuanced sci-fi with a uniquely Japanese perspective on the universal themes of family, life, love, and death.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Kanji Nakajima
  1 win & 1 nomination.
110 min


"The Clone Returns Home"

Film Partners presents

Executive Producer Wim Wenders




Kiyoshi INOUE, Rie YAMAMOTO, Yoshiaki TAGO

Written and directed by


Mitsuhiro OIKAWA




Mr. Takahara.

How's Kanemoto's condition?

He didn't make it?

No. Maybe if he'd been inside

the protective capsule but...

He couldn't take the stress

of atmosphere reentry.


Excuse me.

Did you hear?

Just now.

Never thought a veteran

like him would...

Even with 120% safety measures,

outerorbiter ops accidents do occur.

Does this mean my number is up?

The next mission might be postponed.

In addition to space station ops costs,

a new unit will be launched.

We're having enough budget problems...

without this accident.

I have to handle the media on this.

Investigate the origin of the accident.

Yes Sir.

I'm Kanemoto Akira's mother.

Where's the operating room?

Mrs Kanemoto. This way please.


To begin with clone technology...

is actually often easily misunderstood.

Ultimately, our goal rests in

ensuring your life.

Our clinical tests are complete.


cloning is 100% possible.

We're just waiting for a legal means.

We can't have more victims

like Kanemoto.

We at the Space Development Society...

have requested cloning help for

unforeseen death in the line of duty.

But, even with my DNA, you can't

bring the same me to life, right?

We can return you to life

just as you sit there now.

Mr. Takahara, this isn't like

creating a child from a cell.

Ultimately, this is medical

treatment for you.

We have been reproducing...

damaged organs from patient DNA

for transplant for a while.

Our technology is simply cutting edge.

Even in life threatening accidents...

you can be treated thanks

to our body reproduction...

and memory backup.

If you desire this "life insurance"...

the data banks lining these walls...

will be Filled with your memories.

But, doesn't this seem like

I'm being experimented on?

I know how you feel.

"Preparing to duplicate yourself"

leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

But everything has to start somewhere.

For top astronauts like you

on the forefront of space exploration...

it's essential to eliminate

all conceivable risks.

Of course, the decision lies with you

and not me.

Please don't misunderstand us.

We are not seeking "eternal life".

Humans must conclude suitable lifespans.


for people die from unrelated

accidents and crimes...

saving them is more humane than

treating a lung cancer patient...

who smoked, don't you think?

I'll answer all your questions anytime.

Please let me know.


Oh, Ko-Chan.

What's up? Calling me Ko-Chan

like when I was a kid.

I was dreaming about when we

lived in the country.

When Noboru and you were kids.

Noboru was such a crybaby.

Mother, you never once mixed us up.

But we tried to fool you

by switching places.

Who can fool their own mother?

It was a lovely place.

But inconvenient too.

A bit of inconvenience

is what we all need.

Your hair has grown. Cut it.

Short hair looks better on you.



Stay with me a little longer.

I'm still here.

I wanted to live in that house again.

Grasshoppers come in two colours.

- Black-spotted and...

- Any around?

- Yellow locusts.

- There's one!

What flower is this?

A chrysanthemum I guess.

Hey, fire, fire, fire.

Look out.

Do like this.

What're you doin'?

Look. A boat.

Take this...

fold it like this.

Then fold it into three.

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