Lear on the Shore (海辺のリア, Umibe no Ria) is a 2017 Japanese drama/comedy film directed by Masahiro Kobayashi. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai and, in part, reflects his own life.

Lear on the Shore
Directed byMasahiro Kobayashi
Screenplay byMasahiro Kobayashi
Produced byTomoyuki Miyagawa
Masahiro Kobayashi
Nick Uemura
CinematographyChigi Kanbe
Kōichi Furuya
Edited byNaoki Kaneko
Music byJunpei Sakuma
Distributed byTokyo Theatres
Release date
  • June 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)
Running time
105 minutes



Chokitsu is an 84-year-old actor past his prime, who now finds himself unhappy in a luxury retirement village where he was placed by his daughter and son-in-law after the pair took his money. In an attempt to leave, while in his pajamas, he grabs his possessions and makes for the beach. He intends to regain his lost fame and seek a new audience for his talents. Plagued by dementia, he can barely remember past experiences, at times mixing up the characters he has played with his present life, and has trouble recognizing his family members.[1][2] Chokitsu eventually encounters his estranged younger daughter Nobuko, but due to dementia he doesn't recognize her. She scolds him as she is his only daughter who cares for him.[3][4]




  1. ^ Karen Severns (2017-06-02). "Lear on the Shore (Umibe no Lear)". Foreign Correspondents Club Japan. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ "Lear on the Shore" Film Affinity https://www.filmaffinity.com/en/film395265.html
  3. ^ Karen Severns "Living legend Tatsuya Nakadai new film" https://asiatimes.com/article/japan-cinema-now-living-legend-tatsuya-nakadai-new-film/
  4. ^ "Lear on The Shore:Review and Press conference coverage" Yahoo Japan https://news.yahoo.co.jp/byline/higuchinaofumi/20170602-00071532/
  5. ^ "仲代達矢84歳、Twitterはじめる" [84 years old Tatsuya Nakadai Joins Twitter]. Cinema Today (in Japanese). 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2018-08-31.