Nagase Masatoshi, Kyara Uchida, Kirin Kiki in a still from 'An (Sweet Bean)' (2015)
Nagase Masatoshi, Kyara Uchida, Kirin Kiki in a still from 'An (Sweet Bean)' (2015)
Sweet Bean (2015), Curious Distribution

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Sweet Bean


Naomi Kawase | Japan | 2015 | M
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27 Sep – 31 Oct 2021

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A graceful, quietly moving drama from acclaimed director, Naomi Kawase.

Beautifully shot and quietly moving, An is a humble masterpiece from a singularly accomplished filmmaker.

Toronto International Film Festival

Sentarô (Nagase Masatoshi) is the proprietor of a bakery that serves dorayakis – delicate pastries filled with delicious, sweet red bean paste (anko). When an elderly woman, Tokue, (Kirin Kiki, well known to lovers of films by Hirokazu Kore-eda) offers to help in the kitchen, Sentarô is reluctant, but a taste of her homemade anko – Tokue tells him she’s been making it for fifty years – persuades him to give her a try-out.

Tokue’s lovingly made anko proves a hit with the neighbourhood clientele and local high school students, among them the shy, attentive Wakana (Kyara Uchida). Sentarô's small-scale business flourishes and Tokue’s gentle presence slowly helps draw him out of himself. A self-contained man burdened by guilt and a difficult personal history, Sentarô's capacity for joy is slowly renewed. As it turns out, Tokue has painful memories of her own to reconcile, something Sentarô and Wakana only become aware of when fear-driven and deeply-ingrained social prejudice rears its head.

– Roberta Ciabarra; Curator, Film

Format: Digital
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Courtesy: Curious Distribution
Runtime: 113 mins

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113 mins



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