Her Love Boils Bathwater (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)
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Her Love Boils Bathwater (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛)
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A tale of a mother’s fierce love and a family’s enduring spirit


Single mother Futaba (Rie Miyazawa, Pale Moon) grapples with the challenge of raising an adolescent daughter who’s severely bullied at school. Despite their ups and downs, life at home is generally peaceful. However their situation takes a complicated turn when Futaba collapses at work and is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

With only a few months to live, Futaba attempts to tie up loose ends to ensure her daughter Azumi is provided for. Futaba starts off by tracking down her ex-husband, Kazuhiro, who abandoned them some years ago. Next on her bucket list, Futaba then announces that they will resurrect the family’s disused public bathhouse.

Each family member struggles to adjust to the new situation, but the unit is held together by Futaba’s firm, sometimes harsh, love. Fiercely candid and impulsive, she may hug you or hit you with a spoon. Along their journey, new family members emerge, together with perfect strangers, who join in the shifting game of musical chairs, while Futaba’s health rapidly declines.


Her Love Boils Bathwater looks at the breakdown of family relations and the enduring spirit that endeavours to keep them intact. This award-winning dramatic film abounds with stellar performances from Rie Miyazawa and Hana Sugisaki.

Year: 2016
Length: 125 mins
Classification rating: Recommended for ages 15+ contains mild themes.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

This film will screen in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Screening schedule TBC.


  • Director
    Ryota Nakano/
  • Producer
    Kazumi Fukase/
  • Executive Producers
    Itaru Fujimoto/ Ippei Fukuda/
  • Screenplay
    Ryota Nakano/
  • Cast
    Rie Miyazawa/ Hana Sugisaki/ Joe Odagiri/ Tori Matsuzaka/ Aoi Ito/