The film tells the story of a small community on a small island in Okinawa, Japan. Especially it focusses on the story of a grandma named Nabbie, but although it's her story told in the ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Naomi Nishida ...
Agarikinjo, Nanako
Tomi Taira ...
Agarikinjo, Nabbie
Reiko Kaneshima ...
Ôhama, Reiko
Rinshô Kadekaru ...
Family Master
Misako Ôshiro ...
Master's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rinji Kadekaru ...
Master's son
Ashley MacIsaac ...
Ashley O'Connor
Shinei Nakamine
Seijin Noborikawa ...
Agarikinjo, Keitatsu
Masahiro Shima ...
Nanako's father
Susumu Taira ...
Shinichi Tsuba ...
Satoe Uza ...
Nabbie (in youth)
Yûkichi Yamasato ...
Abujâmâ Otoko


The film tells the story of a small community on a small island in Okinawa, Japan. Especially it focusses on the story of a grandma named Nabbie, but although it's her story told in the film's centre there are some young people, the grand-daughter of Nabbie and a young Japanese who just came to visit the little island. As the film evolves with the more or less ordinary events of the little island's inhabitant's more or less ordinary life, the story behind Nabbie's life gets more and more obvious. It's a surprise to most everyone involved in one or the other way. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Story embedded in Okinawa's folk culture
16 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nabbie no koi (Nabbie's romance) is a story that spans 60 years. Nanako (Naomi Nishida) returns to Agunijima island in Okinawa where her grand parents lives. On the ferry to the island she sees an elderly gentleman in a white suit.

Nanako is greeted by her grand mother Nabbie (Tomi Taira) and grand pa (Seijin Noborikawa). Along with few people that came on the ferry, people of the island share joyful time with the visitors.

But soon Nanako realizes her grand mother is acting strange. The gentleman in the white suit was grand mother's former lover Sanra (Susumu Taira). Sanra says "I came back to fulfill the promise I made 60 years ago". Pandemonium breaks loose among the people of the neighborhood.

Nabbie no koi has strong flavor of folk culture especially music. You might say that it's a musical drama/comedy. There're people playing music at every turn. Some of the most talented musicians in Okinawa was called in to make this movie, so no wonder.

Nabbie means pot in Okinawan language and was a common name for a woman in old Okinawa. The shamisen music played at the final scene is Okinawan folk music that's usually played at celebration or a party called Kachassi. It has distinctive rhythm, and played often at the opening of weddings.

One of rare folk movie depicting the culture of Okinawa. A must see if you're interested in Okinawa.

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