Anata e (あなたへ, To You) is a 2012 Japanese film directed by Yasuo Furuhata.[1]

Anata e
Directed byYasuo Furuhata
Release date
  • August 25, 2012 (2012-08-25) (Japan)



The story follows the journey of a man traveling some 1000 kilometers from Toyama City, Japan to his wife's hometown in Nagasaki Prefecture, in order to scatter her ashes into the sea. Along the way, he travels through several locations, including the ruins of Takeda Castle, Shimonoseki City, the Kanmon Bridge, Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, and Sasebo, Nagasaki, recalling experiences with his wife along the way. He also befriends and is assisted by numerous strangers.

Teruo, a widower and wandering traveler, was driving throughout Japan with no home to go back to. Teruo ended up being arrested for vandalizing places and properties. After being arrested, Teruo told the cop that he had lost his way in life and resorted to vandalizing.

Yuji, a seafood salesperson, was traveling/wandering through Japan. Yuji later confessed that he could not go back home to his daughter and wife, as his wife was having an affair and he did not have the courage to confront her. He became a drifter as a result.

Nambara, an assistant to Yuji, was a fisherman from the village of the cop's wife. Nambara had incurred a large amount of debt. As he was unable to pay the debt, he faked his death to escape it. He traveled with Yuji, as he had no home to go back to.

Having fulfilled his wife's wish, Kurashima mailed his resignation letter and embarked on his own journey, but not before giving Nambara a picture of his daughter before her wedding, which Nambara's wife had asked Kurashima to throw into the sea along with his wife's ashes.

The film ends with Kurashima walking aimlessly, Nambara standing with his daughter's picture, and Yuji busy serving customers not far away.





Around the time of filming, Takakura was 80 years of age. His role as Kurashima was his last before his death in 2014. Hideji Ōtaki, who played Nambara's estranged father, died a few months after the film's release.


  1. ^ "Teaser For 'Anata e'". Far East Films. January 27, 2012. Archived from the original on June 17, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012.