- Director: Naomi Kawase
- Cast: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
- Year of Release: 2015
- Running Time: 113mins
- Certificate: PG
- Country of Origin: Japan, France, Germany
- Language: Japanese
- English Subtitles?: Yes
- Available Formats: Blu-Ray and DVD
- Summary: Naomi Kawase's (The Mourning Forest) graceful, delicate and compassionate drama Sweet Bean was selected to open Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2015. Sweet Bean is the name given to a delicious red paste in the middle of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his bakery to a small but loyal clientele. A remote man, absorbed in difficult memories, Sentaro cooks with skill but without much enthusiasm. When eccentric 76-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant, cheerfully agreeing to work for minimal pay, Sentaro is skeptical about her abilities. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, he agrees to take her on. Gorgeously shot and wonderfully performed, Kawase balances elements of sadness and tragedy against those of hope and wisdom in this gentle, unassuming but profoundly affecting tale.
This film is Triple F-rated! This means that the film has been written and directed by a woman, and features significant women on screen.
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