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Sweet Bean (2015)

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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 »



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Cast overview:
Kyara Uchida ...
Miki Mizuno
Miu Takeuchi
Saki Takahashi
Yurie Murata
Taiga ...
Wakato Kanematsu
Miyoko Asada ...
Shop Owner
Etsuko Ichihara ...


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 starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. Written by pagurus

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Release Date:

30 May 2015 (Japan)  »

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Box Office


JPY 234,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,630 (USA) (18 March 2016)


$119,949 (USA) (26 August 2016)

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2.35 : 1
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An excellent film but NOT one to watch if you are feeling depressed....
22 October 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Sweet Bean" is a film that revolves around Dorayaki--small pancakes that are glued together (usually) with sweet red bean paste. For anyone who hasn't had these sweet beans, they are amazingly delicious and any Japanese dish with sweet beans is a real treat. So, as I watched the film, it made me really, really hungry!

When the film begins, the manager of s tiny Dorayaki shop is approached by an elderly woman who wants a part-time job. He refuses, as she appears to be at least in her mid-70s. However, she is persistent and presents him with some of her sweet beans. After eating them, he realizes her filling is much better than his and he immediately hires her. She teaches him her method and together they are very successful. However, while you'd think this would result in a happily ever after sort of ending, it is NOT so sweet....but actually rather depressing and bitter-sweet. I am NOT being critical about the film...just warning you as folks who are already depressed might be better off watching another film. The themes involving Japanese prejudices against the disabled are interersting...but naturally not particularly fun to watch! Overall, the film has lovely acting and pacing...but also might not provide the sort of payoff you might be looking for in a movie.

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