No eye-popping action scenes, no happy ending—early-onset Alzheimer’s disease would not appear to be the stuff of box-office hits, but Japanese actor/filmmaker Ken Watanabe has proved otherwise. Famous for his roles in Letters from Iwo Jima, Batman Begins, and Memories of a Geisha, Watanabe has produced Memories of Tomorrow , aka Ashita No Kioku. This motion picture tells the story of Masayuki Saeki, an advertising executive who develops Alzheimer disease in his late forties. The movie not only grossed a respectable $24 million in Japan, but it won Watanabe the Japan Academy Prize, the Blue Ribbon Award, and the Cineasia Film Festival Awards, all for Best Leading Actor. The picture premieres in New York City at the IMAGINASIAN cinema this Friday, 18 May, before coming to Los Angeles in June and to San Francisco in July. Read an interview with Watanabe. A film about late-onset AD, Away From Her starring Julie Christie, came out last year.—Gabrielle Strobel.