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Beijing Watermelon (1989)

Pekin no suika (original title)
The film is based on true events. It centers around Shunzo, a popular greengrocer who lives in a city near Tokyo. His life, and that of his wife, Michi and their two children, undergoes a ... See full summary »

Director:

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Writer:

Yoshihiro Ishimatsu (screenplay)
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Cast

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Bengal Bengal ... Haruzo Horikoshi, the Greengrocer (as Bengaru)
Masako Motai ... Michi Horikoshi
Yasufumi Hayashi Yasufumi Hayashi ... Toru Horikoshi
Haruhiko Saitô Haruhiko Saitô ... Mr. Ioka, the Pharmacist (as Haruhiko Saitoh)
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Mr. Yamada, the Real Estate Agent
Hana Kino Hana Kino ... Matsue Otobuji
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Mr. Teramoto, the Shopkeeper
Yugi Ogata Yugi Ogata ... Bank Clerk
Ryo Okubo Ryo Okubo ... Mr. Aotani
Ryô Iwamatsu Ryô Iwamatsu ... Policeman
Kazunori Hagiwara Kazunori Hagiwara ... Yasuo Hirai
Hiromi Oshima ... Yumi Horikoshi
Jun Yamada Jun Yamada
Hiromi Oda Hiromi Oda ... Midori
Shinbo Minami Shinbo Minami ... Foppish Man
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The film is based on true events. It centers around Shunzo, a popular greengrocer who lives in a city near Tokyo. His life, and that of his wife, Michi and their two children, undergoes a dramatic change when he encounters Li, a poor college student from China.

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Drama

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A Japanese greengrocer's warm relationship with Chinese students
23 February 2002 | by samyanariSee all my reviews

Adapted from a true story. A greengrocer and his wife befriend and aid Chinese college students over a period of years. Neglect of their business results in a financial crisis which is resolved with the aid of the grateful students. Later, the couple are guests of the ex-students who are now in Beijing. Has humor and warmth. To achieve a natural setting, The director often has several people talking at the same time and often on different subjects. When Chinese is spoken, there are vertical titles, accompanying the English subtitles.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1989 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Beijing Watermelon See more »

Company Credits

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Makkusdai, PSC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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