ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Film Club: Sweet Bean directed by Naomi Kawase
Wednesday 7 June 2023
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Join us on 7 June when we will discuss Naomi Kawase's heartwarming drama Sweet Bean.
Sweet Bean (あん, An, 2015) directed by Naomi Kawase, is a drama based on a novel by Durian Sukegawa, starring the renowned Kiki Kirin (1943 - 2018) alongside her real-life granddaughter, Kyara Uchida. When Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase), the owner of a small bakery selling dorayaki on the outskirts of Tokyo, decides to hire an assistant in the kitchen, he reluctantly accepts the help of 76-year-old Tokue (Kiki Kirin). Thanks to Tokue's secret recipe for sweet red bean paste, Sentaro is surprised to see business begin to flourish, but with Tokue holding on to a secret, will the bakery continue to thrive?
Read our review of the novel here.
Naomi Kawase (1969 - ) is a Japanese film director born in Nara. She graduated from the Osaka School of Photography (then the School of Visual Arts) in 1989 and began her career as a documentary filmmaker with autobiographical films such as Embracing/ Ni tsutsumarete (1992), about her search for the father who abandoned her as a child, and Katatsumori (1994), about the grandmother who raised her. In 1997 she became the youngest winner of the Caméra d'Or (for best new director) at the Cannes Film Festival for her first feature film Moe no Suzaku. She also won the Grand Prix of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for her fourth full-length film The Mourning Forest. Other celebrated works directed by Kawase include Shara (2003), Hanezu (2011), Still the Water (2014) and Sweet Bean (2015). In 2010, she founded the International Nara Film Festival, dedicated to promoting the work of young directors.
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