SWEET BEAN (PG)

Date Time
Sun 11th September 7.45pm
Mon 12th September 7.45pm

Dir: Naomi Kawase | Japan| 2015 | 113 mins | Japanese w/English subtitles
Cast: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida

Naomi Kawase’s (The Mourning Forest) Sweet Bean is a graceful, delicate and absorbing drama. Sweet bean paste is the filling of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his bakery every day. A lonely and remote man, Sentaro cooks with skill but little enthusiasm. Then he hires eccentric 76-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki), who brings with her a new, secret recipe for bean paste, and together they cook; gradually sharing stories about their lives. Gorgeously shot and wonderfully performed, Kawase balances elements of tragedy against those of hope and wisdom in this gentle, unassuming but profoundly affecting tale.

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