Sending Off
Ian Thomas ASH イアン・トーマス・アッシュ
おみおくり ~ Sending Off ~


Dr. KONTA Kaoru and her team of nurses provide hospice care to patients in their homes in rural Japan. The changing seasons provide a backdrop to the deepening relationships the patients form with their families as they reach the end of their lives. A powerful and respectful documentary that challenges viewers to think about how they live their own lives, and how they would like to die. Winner of the Nippon Docs Award 2019 at Nippon Connection (Frankfurt, Germany).

Dr. KONTA Kaoru en haar team van verplegers geven palliatieve zorg bij patiënten thuis op het platteland in Japan. Tegen de achtergrond van het verstrijken van de seizoenen zien we hoe de band tussen patiënt en hun familie steeds sterker wordt naarmate de dood dichterbij komt. Een krachtige en respectvolle documentaire die kijkers aanzet om na te denken over hoe ze hun eigen leven willen leven, en hoe ze zich hun ‘ideale’ einde voorstellen. Winnaar van de Nippon Docs Award tijdens het afgelopen Nippon Connection festival in Frankfurt.

About the Director

Ian Thomas ASH is an American filmmaker. He holds an MA in Film and Television Production from the University of Bristol, UK. ASH directed his first feature documentary, the ballad of vicki and jake in 2006. Later, he made two documentaries about children living in the areas of Fukushima contaminated by the 2011 nuclear meltdown: In the Grey Zone (2012) and A2-B-C (2013). Recent work has focused on death and dying in Japan. ASH produced the documentary Boys for Sale (directed by ITAKO), which screened at CAMERA JAPAN in 2017.

2019 – Sending Off おみおくり〜Sending Off〜
2014 – -1287 (CJ 2015)
2013 – A2-B-C (CJ 2013)
2012 – In the Grey Zone (CJ 2012)
2006 – the ballad of vicki and jake