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Plan 75 (QCinema 2022)

Directed by: Chie Hayakawa

Dystopian Japan government promotes “Plan 75” where euthanasia becomes legal to seniors aged 75 and above.

What keeps this movie alive

is the main plot and the lead actress.

You are curious what the plan is all about and how it will work. Therefore, you will hold on till the end.

The film’s treatment is consistently restrained and quiet, sometimes representing the lifeless life of a senior.

Even without emotional outbursts, lead actress Chieko Baisho was able to show extreme emotions of agony, dilemma, and desperation. She lets us feel what it’s like to be in her position.

Aside from her, there were also other characters introduced. But none of the other characters were given a sensible story arc to follow. They just come and go in every other scene. Their actions don’t justify their established behavior.

There’s a Filipino character whose presence turns into missed opportunities. Filipino family values particularly care for the elders could’ve been a great juxtaposition to the plot, but it’s nowhere to be found in the movie.

There are government employees who don’t know where they stand with the Plan 75. There are other senior citizens who could’ve had more meaningful discussions about the plan, but they didn’t talk much.

The film, being restrained and quiet, has its gains. But in moments when you want it to speak and say something, it always takes the safer and dramatic route.

Plan 75 is strong in concept,

but weak in screenplay.



Cast: Chieko Baisho, Hayato Isomura, Stefanie Arianne

Countries: France, Japan, Philippines

Presented by: TBA Studios (Philippines)

Date Released: May 20, 2022 at the 75th Cannes Film Festival; December 7, 2022 in Philippine cinemas nationwide

A Movie Review by: Goldwin Reviews 




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