SWEET BEAN - OCT. 17th 2016
Director: Naomi Kawase
Cast: Starring: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) runs a struggling food kiosk where he sells dorayaki pancakes to a small number of customers. After he advertises for an assistant, he is surprised when sixty-six year old Tokue applies for the position. While Sentaro initially refuses, her persistence pays off when she brings him a sample of her own homemade delicious sweet bean paste (an), the filling used in the pancakes, to taste.
As Tokue shares the secrets of her cooking as well as the importance of nature in life, she brings new hope to the kiosk and its chef. But Tokue harbours a secret of her own.
This latest film from Japanese director Naomi Kawase (Still the Water) is gentle, quietly moving and life-affirming.
Cannes Film Festival 2015
Toronto International Film Festival 2015
BFI London Film Festival 2015
Cork Film Festival 2015
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2016