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DIRECTED BY Naomi Kawase

Country: France, Germany, Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English
Original Title: AN

Running Time: 113min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema

Naomi Kawase’s gentle yet precise observation of details and delicacies perfectly fits this story of an eccentric seventy-six-year-old dorayaki maker in Sweet Bean, her rapturous ode to the art of the Japanese “street pancake.”

Gruff loner Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase, known to US audiences for his role in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train) operates a hole-in-the-wall eatery where he bides time atoning for past sins—and a huge debt. He’s never actually eaten the dorayaki he serves, but his posting for an assistant brings in the delightful, grandmotherly Tokue (Kirin Kiki), who has an old-school approach to preparing the red bean paste that constitutes the dorayaki’s delicious center. In one mesmerizing sequence, she walks Sentaro through her entire procedure from one mouth-watering close-up to the next.

Tokue is hired, and in true Kawase fashion her appearance in Sentaro’s store—and life—is hardly mere chance. Tokue too has a past from which she is in retreat, and despite her best efforts at discretion, her secrets eventually boil to the surface. Kawase’s lyrical imagery fills the screen from first frame to last—wait for the stunning shots of cherry blossoms both flowering and fading. Master chef meets master filmmaker to create one of the year’s most satisfying cinematic dishes. Shokuyoku!

This film is available for purchase with DINNER from Katsuya at Tower Theater



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Director: Naomi Kawase
Producer: Masa Sawada, Koichiro Fukushima, Thanassis Karathanos, Yoshito Oyama
Screenwriter: Naomi Kawase (based on a novel by Durian Sukegawa)

Music: David Hadjadj
Cinematographer: Shigeki Akiyama
Editor: Tina Baz

Cast: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miyoko Asada, Etsuko Ichihara

Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase is from Nara, Japan. Her debut feature, Suzaku (1997), won the Camera d’Or for Best First Film at Cannes. Other features to play Cannes’ Official Competition include Shara (2003), The Mourning Forest (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize, Hanezu (2011), and Still the Water (2014). Sweet Bean (2015) is her latest feature.