A husband (Isao Hashizume) and wife (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) have been married for 50 years. For her birthday, the husband asks the wife what she wants for her birthday present. She replies that ... See full summary »
Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's ... See full summary »
After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student... See full summary »
Ichiko lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.
The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which ... See full summary »
It is just another suburban town until the day two events gradually begin to change things forever. First we see a rash of graffiti featuring a local girl, Haruko Azumi, in a series of ... See full summary »
The story is about a girl named Natsume, that visits Tokyo because her ex-boyfriend moved there. Having helped her father in his local cake shop before, she ends up realizing her love of baking while in Tokyo and decides to train under the chef at the store her loser boyfriend left; the "Patisserie Coin de rue". There, she learns the ropes, and also meets Tomura, who was a well known Patissier, but had stopped baking because his daughter died in an accident while he was baking (he forgot to pick her up from school). Natsume manages to him back to baking because her boss is in the hospital. The rest of the movie shows Natsume and Tomura, working together to prepare for a banquet. Also the movie shows Natsume maturing and realizing her own dreams. It also shows us many pastries and delicious looking desserts. I love food themed J-Dramas and movies, like "Dinner", "Hungry!" and so on, so I really enjoyed this one too. It really was nice to see all the customers and their smiles after eating the desserts that were displayed in the drama. Albeit this is a very slow paced movie, it is a Japanese movie made in the best tradition of Japanese storytelling, it's definitely not a movie for the mass audience. But for people whom enjoy a movie with a story elegantly told and also very elegantly filmed this movie is a must watch.
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