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Sweet Bean (2015)

An (original title)
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 ... Yôhei
Wakato Kanematsu Wakato Kanematsu ... Wakato
Miyoko Asada Miyoko Asada ... Shop Owner's Wife
Etsuko Ichihara Etsuko Ichihara ... Yoshiko
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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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The young actress playing Wakana is Kirin Kiki's granddaughter. See more »

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The taste of 'an'
25 March 2017 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"Sweet Bean" is a small, reflective movie that depicts the relationship between a guy working at a dorayaki shop, a sweet filled with 'an' (the reason for its original title), an old lady that appears out of nowhere and tries to convince him to employ her at his shop, and a young high school student who has her own problems with her family. Little by little, they become close to each other, a bond is created and they get a glimpse into their respective pasts.

Naomi Kawase normally does slow-burning movies, with a relaxed atmosphere, long takes and centering on the actors and their exchanges. "Sweet Bean" is not an exception and the actors answer with great performances all around (even sometimes histrionic Kirin Kiki, here very tone down and contemplative). The plot may seem simple, but it has different layers, which will grip the viewer, making them not only enjoy, but also think.

There are a couple of shaky points, though. First, the pace suffers in some moments, being a little bit brusque, some plot developments a little bit out of the blue. The second is that the last act is a little bit overlong and/or in-your-face.

"Sweet Bean" will be enjoyed by everyone. And make you hungry.


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