An / Sweet Bean

Sweet red bean paste is the “soul” of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro sells at his little bakery. Sentaro’s bakery is small but he has some regular customer. Sentaro makes dorayaki pancakes without enthusiasm because he is still absorbed with sad memories of the past.

Someday, a 76-year-old woman named Tokue comes to responds to his advertisement for part-time workers in his bakery. Tokue cheerfully offers to work for a low wage. Sentaro hesitates because he thinks that an old woman isn’t strong enough to work for long hours. However, once Sentaro tastes her home-cooked red bean paste, he decides to hire her. Thanks to Tokue’s red bean paste recipe, Sentaro’s business begins to flourish. One day, rumors about Tokue’s illness start circulating, leading to the revelation of a painful secret.

 

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DIRECTOR Naomi Kawase
PRODUCERS Koichiro Fukushima / Masa Sawada
SCREENPLAY Naomi Kawase
YEAR 2015
LENGTH 113 mins
CAST Kirin Kiki / Masatoshi Nagase / Kyara Uchida / Miyoko Asada / Etsuko Ichihara / Miki Mizuno
CLASSIFICATION 13+

Sweet red bean paste is the “soul” of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro sells at his little bakery. Sentaro’s bakery is small but he has some regular customer. Sentaro makes dorayaki pancakes without enthusiasm because he is still absorbed with sad memories of the past.

Someday, a 76-year-old woman named Tokue comes to responds to his advertisement for part-time workers in his bakery. Tokue cheerfully offers to work for a low wage. Sentaro hesitates because he thinks that an old woman isn’t strong enough to work for long hours. However, once Sentaro tastes her home-cooked red bean paste, he decides to hire her. Thanks to Tokue’s red bean paste recipe, Sentaro’s business begins to flourish. One day, rumors about Tokue’s illness start circulating, leading to the revelation of a painful secret.

 

DIRECTOR Naomi Kawase
PRODUCERS Koichiro Fukushima / Masa Sawada
SCREENPLAY Naomi Kawase
YEAR 2015
LENGTH 113 mins
CAST Kirin Kiki / Masatoshi Nagase / Kyara Uchida / Miyoko Asada / Etsuko Ichihara / Miki Mizuno
CLASSIFICATION 13+

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