A diet of rice and tofu, plenty of regular, gentle exercise and excellent hospitalization: The Japanese have grasped the formula for aging. With less than 30% of the population over the age of 65, Japanese society is now officially branded as “over-aged”. Meanwhile, thanks to low birth rates and opposition to immigration, the total population is declining dramatically. Every year, there are fewer young people to look after the older ones. This is a slow economic crisis.
Of course, there is a clear solution that cannot be imagined in real life but in the order of Chi Hayakawa’s work. Plan 75, Which was displayed in the Un-Sarten Regard of the ear. The title plan is a speculative government-funded program that only allows seniors to push quietly. It is never recognized as a genocidal program. On the contrary, it is completely beneficial.
There are little nudges along the path, it’s true. Those who volunteer can receive a cash gift for that final-fling holiday, a free funeral, and even the chance to die at a five-star spa resort. The humorous-filled informative playing in every hospital waiting room reminds potential clients that no one wants to be burdened and that the Japanese have a proud history of self-sacrifice for the greater good. Suicide is not compulsory, but take the opportunity when you can!
Michi (Chiaco Baisho, provides really great and running performances) is 78 years old and still works as a hotel cleaner. All his colleagues are equally old, a happy crew who pulls out their lunch treats – “Those apples look delicious!” – and collect outside work for economically fun outings. When someone gets a job, however, they all force their retirement. Coincidentally, Michi discovers that his apartment block is about to be demolished. He has no income and no place to stay. A guy behind a desk suggests he might go to welfare, but his expression of frustration tells us it looks like sleeping on a park bench. Better a poor horse than no horse at all.
In fact, even park benches are becoming an elusive option. We first meet Hiromu, (Hayato Isamura) a young Social Welfare Department bureaucrat, as he tries to recover new hand rests on existing benches for rough sleep. He smiles as he rates everyone for the discomfort; The baseness of this policy does not even come to him. Soon after, as he walks past an outdoor soup kitchen, we see the bold slip of his paycheck. It totally fell from him when his own uncle came to his office, ready to sign up for Plan 75.
Cut to Maria (Stephanie Arian) is a warm-hearted Filipino care worker whose church elder helps her get a well-paying job on Plan 75 “I think working with older people, but for more money.” One of Maria’s tasks as a Plan 75 carer is to empty the handbags left by the people who came there to die. It only takes a few seconds for an old woman to clean up and clear the last scraps of her life.
A life that is still alive and well, as Plan 75 consultant (Yumi Kawai) recognizes Mickey when he is added to his list of clients. Counselors are supposed to ring the dead every few days, and in the guise of a caring friend, they make sure they don’t change their mind. Instead, this sweet young lady takes Michi to bowl. Seeing Michi’s excitement when he scores a strike with his second ball, the high-fives of the young men congratulating him, almost knocks him over. It almost ended me. Fortunately, Michi didn’t finish himself off completely.
There is nothing glamorous about the way Hayakawa came to his subject, no dramatic chase or rescue or clash; Tell this calm, thoughtful story. There is nothing dystopian about it, either; Most of them are gray, strip-light department offices and well-scrubbed hospitals – the most common places – where everyone is trying to do the right thing. Stylistically, it looks like a training film. What this means – the brilliance of this film – is that Hayakawa is able to make the idea of wiping out a generation in about an hour seem very natural, something to think about in itself. Can this really happen? When he worked with us, it seemed like it was already done.