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Sweet Bean is the most touching and audience pleasing film from the Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase so far in her career. We follow Senturo, who runs a Dorayaki joint – Dorayaki being a kind of a sweet pancake filled with a sugary red bean paste. The business is not going well and Senturo is on the verge of giving up. When Okue, an old Japanese lady who happens to be a world class Doryaki-chef, applies for a job in Senturo`s joint, his luck seems to change. However, both Okue and Senturo have hidden secrets and other intentions than what we are led to believe. Sweet Bean has been described as «food porn» and an aesthetic masterpiece by critics. However, the food is not the central aspect of the film. An is rather a beautiful and universal fable of friendship and betrayal.

Kristian Takvam Kindt


The productive Japanese director Naomi Kawase (f. 1969) has made her 32nd film with True Mothers, counting shorts and documentaries. Her real breakthrough was with The Mourning Forest (2007), which won her the Grand Prix at Cannes. In Norway she is well-known for Sweet Bean (2015).

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Director's Portrait: Naomi Kawase Available until Dec 15

Original title An

Country Japan, France, Germany

Year 2015

Director Naomi Kawase

Screenplay Naomi Kawase

Cinematography Shigeki Akiyama

Producer Kôichirô Fukushima, Yoshito Ohyama, Masa Sawada

Cast Kirin Kiki, Miyoko Asada, Etsuko Ichihara

Runtime 1h 53m

Language Japanese

Subtitles Norwegian

Genre Drama

Format DCP

Age limit A

IMDb https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4298958/

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