Synopsis

Based on the award-winning manga series Umimachi Diary, Our Little Sister is the new film by acclaimed director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Like Father, Like Son and I Wish). Nominated for the Palme d’Or, this exquisite family drama, set across the varied colours of the four seasons, is one of the most graceful, tender and moving films of the year. Sachi, Yoshino and Chika are three sisters living happily together in a relaxed, tight-knit seaside town south of Tokyo. When their long-estranged father passes away they travel to the countryside to attend his funeral, where they meet their shy teenage half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly, they invite the orphaned Suzu to live with them and she eagerly agrees, sparking a journey of self-discovery for all four sisters, looking back into painful pasts but also reaching forward to hopeful futures. Filled with stunningly photographed landscapes and scene after scene of mouth-watering food, Our Little Sister is a sumptuous portrait of a beautifully elegant culture. But where its heart truly lies is in its depiction of intensely believable characters to whom every one of us can relate.

Director

Kore-eda Hirokazu

Cast

Ayase Haruka: Koda Sachi Nagasawa Masami: Koda Yoshino Kaho: Koda Chika Hirose Suzu: Asano Suzu


Crew

Kore-eda Hirokazu: Director / writer / editor Kanno Yoko: Music Takimoto Mikiya: Director of Photography Fujii Norikiyo: Lighting Tsurumaki Yutaka: Sound Mitsumatsu Keiko: Production Designer

Details

Based on the original graphic novel 'Umimachi Diary' by Akimi Yoshida, published by Shogakukan Inc. Production year: 2015 DVD catalogue number: ART796DVD Blu-ray catalogue number: ART187BD

Awards

Official selection, 2015 Cannes Film Festival




Out now on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand

GENRE: Drama

DIRECTOR: Kore-eda Hirokazu

CAST:
Ayase Haruka: Koda Sachi
Nagasawa Masami: Koda Yoshino
Kaho: Koda Chika
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CREW:
Kore-eda Hirokazu: Director / writer / editor
Kanno Yoko: Music
Takimoto Mikiya: Director of Photography
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DURATION: 128 Mins

COUNTRIES: Japan

LANGUAGES: Japanese

AWARDS:
Official selection, 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Where to watch

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Reviews


  • “Gentle, lyrical, beautifully shot”

    Kate Muir, The Times


  • “Full of quiet joy and simple pleasures”

    Tim Robey, The Telegraph


  • “It is impossible not to be touched and beguiled by it”

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


  • “Perfectly pitched and bolstered by four beautiful lead performances... both breaks one’s heart and makes it swoon”

    Josh Slater-Willams, The Skinny


  • “Delightful”

    Tara Brady, The Irish Times


  • “A quietly powerful and absolutely charming drama”

    Katherine McLaughlin, The List

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