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Sweet Bean (2015)

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Not Rated | | Drama | 30 May 2015 (Japan)
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Burdened with a heavy and ever-increasing debt, a dorayaki baker hires a kind ageing woman, after tasting her delicious surprise. Little by little, she unravels her beautiful inner world. Could she be holding the secret to his success?

Director:

Naomi Kawase

Writers:

Durian Sukegawa (based on the novel by), Naomi Kawase (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kirin Kiki ... Tokue
Masatoshi Nagase ... Sentarô
Kyara Uchida Kyara Uchida ... Wakana
Miki Mizuno Miki Mizuno
Miu Takeuchi Miu Takeuchi
Saki Takahashi Saki Takahashi
Yurie Murata Yurie Murata
Taiga Nakano ... Yôhei (as Taiga)
Wakato Kanematsu Wakato Kanematsu ... Wakato
Miyoko Asada Miyoko Asada ... Shop Owner's Wife
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Yoshiko
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Storyline

The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade red bean paste convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. Written by pagurus

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Taglines:

A Sweet Taste Of Life.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan | France | Germany

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 May 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweet Bean See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY234,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,630, 20 March 2016

Gross USA:

$124,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,728,350
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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sweet life, sweet melancholy, sweet movie
5 October 2016 | by mic-florusSee all my reviews

During the film I asked myself how the Naomi Kawase films leave me so inserted in interlacing of so deep and - at the same time - indescribable feelings. Melancholy, but a sweet melancholy, which mixes a sense that there are many things wrong in life, but despite all that we still have to give us to others and to world. I honestly could not answer my question well beyond this identification... But I accepted that this is part of Kawase films. "Sweet red bean" is, for me, as good as "Suzaku" (another great film of this more than excellent Japanese director) and as beautiful as "Tou ze" (Ann Hui, 2011). "Sweet red bean" touched me deeply. It's saved in the bottom of my heart.


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