Sweet Bean

Sweet Bean

DVD - 2016 | Japanese
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A delicious red bean paste is the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When 76-year-old Tokue responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, Inc., c2016
Edition: Widescreen ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Feb 05, 2018

Written and directed by Naomi Kawase (河瀬 直美) in 2015 based on the 2013 novel by Durian Sukegawa (ドリアン助川), this Japanese drama depicts the story of a once-troubled middle-aged pancake(どら焼き)-baker and his helper---a 76-year-old woman who looks cheerful for her age despite a medical problem.
The first half appears like a comedy, but the latter half gets serious and somewhat heartwrenching.
The theme that runs through the film seems to tell you that you should enjoy the wonder of life moment by moment, no matter what hard luck hits you.
If you love cherry blossoms, this film is a must-see.

Jan 07, 2018

Beautiful movie. A must see.

Oct 10, 2017

Loved the tender movie about old age & stigmas. Beautifully shot. The added short film is also worth a watch, though very subtle.

Jul 03, 2017

Naomi Kawase and Hirokazu Koreeda are two of the finest Japanese directors of their generation.

The young girl in real life is the grandchild of the excellent granny, and her father Masahiro Motoki is also an actor.

Jun 16, 2017

A sweet, melancholy, and devastating movie.

Jun 01, 2017

After a suggestion from a teen-age girl a sweet been sandwich takeout "boss" increases his business when he improves the taste with a special recipe given to him by a neighborly frail old lady. These three characters make a wonderful story and to tell you anymore would spoil your enjoyment. This is probably one of the best films from Japan this year.

lotuslori_8 May 19, 2017

A lovely and gentle film about the friendship between a teenager, an elderly woman and a bean cake seller. All are isolated in their own way and longing to make a connection and find some happiness.

Apr 21, 2017

Like a painting, this story begins with sort of a blank canvas. However, pastel strokes are gradually added, and over time, a beautiful image emerges. This flick is about emotion, capitalism & nespotism, tolerance, and empathy. And bean paste!

Apr 03, 2017

The measured pace of the story and the focus of the camera holding to objects i.e. the beans,the moon, the trees all remind one of Jan Troelle and his films.

Mar 21, 2017

The film began as a charming foodie story on the secrets to make homemade delicious chunky style sweet red bean paste for dorayaki, but turned into a philosophical drama on social stigma and prejudice, multi generational friendships of three loners and natural beauty of everyday everywhere life. Poetic dialogue as this one "You know... the full moon whispered to me that day. 'I wanted you to see me. That's why I was shining.' " More in "Quotes."

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Mar 21, 2017

The blossoms have all fallen.
-Yeah, they have.
(The new leaves wavering in the breeze) They're waving their hands.
Bean paste is the soul of a dorayaki.
Pretty soon now. The scent of the steam has changed.
-The scent of the steam?
Good. We'll let them steam.
-It's complicated.
We're hosting them.
-Hosting? Our customers?
No, the beans.
-The beans?
They came all this way, from the fields.

Mar 21, 2017

But you should do what makes you happy. You have all that freedom.
We all have our stories. We just have to work hard.
It's nice to be young. You're lucky. Oh, a bird. Birds are lucky, they're free. So many. Look! Do you have siblings?
-No, I don't.
Aren't you lonely?
-No, I'm not lonely.
Oh, I know... you have a pet cat or dog.
-No I don't. I do have a canary.
It's good for kids to be noisy.
Don't stir it so hard. The more you stir, the more you crush the beans. Move the spatula carefully. ... That's it, don't crush them. Little by little...
-Little by little, how much is that?
Little... is little.

Mar 21, 2017

Dear boss, How are things at the shop? I worry that your spirit might be low. When I was cooking the bean paste, I was always listening for the stories the beans tell. It's a way of imagining the rainy days and sunny days the beans have seen. What breeze blew across the beanstalks? Listen to the story of their journey. Yes. Listen to them. I believe that everything in this world has a story to tell. Even the sunshine and the wind, I think you can hear their stories. Maybe that's the reason. Last night, the breeze that blew in, across the hedge of holly, seemed to be telling me I should get in touch with you.
Boss... We try to live our lives beyond reproach, but sometimes we are crushed by the ignorance of the world. There are times when we have to use our wits. I should have talked
about that with you. I'm sure that someday, boss, you'll create a dorayaki that fulfills your own vision. Have confidence to follow your own path. I'm sure you can do that, boss.

Mar 21, 2017

We were born into this world to see it and to listen to it. Since that's the case, we don't have to be someone. We have, each of us has meaning to our life.
When I first saw you, boss, it was on my weekly walk, drawn by the sweet fragrance in the air. There I saw your face. Your eyes were very sad. It was a gaze that made me want to ask you, Why do you suffer so? Because I once had a gaze like that.
You know... the full moon whispered to me that day. "I wanted you to see me. That's why I was shining."
Boss... smile when something is delicious.
I have to apologize. I promised to take care of Marvy, but in fact I quickly let him go. As I listened to him sing, I realized he was telling me, "Let me go."


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