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Amida-do dayori (2002)

An urban Japanese couple decide to move to the country.


Takashi Koizumi


Takashi Koizumi, Keishi Nagi (novel)
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... Takao Ueda
Kanako Higuchi Kanako Higuchi ... Michiko Ueda
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shoji Arano Shoji Arano
Hisashi Igawa ... Sayuri's father
Kyôko Kagawa
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Oume
Manami Konishi Manami Konishi ... Sayuri
Yasuhiko Naito Yasuhiko Naito
Yoko Shioya Yoko Shioya ... Tanabe
Takahiro Tamura ... Shigenaga Koda
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Dr. Nakamura


An urban Japanese couple decide to move to the country.

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Release Date:

5 October 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Letter from the Mountain See more »


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Opening Weekend:

$128,121 (Japan), 4 October 2002, Limited Release
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Oume: These 'novels' of yours ... are they 'lies' or are they true stories?
Takao Ueda: Well, they are not 'true'. Maybe they're lies told in order to tell the truth. All right, then ... you can't eat burdock straight from the field but you can cook it to make kinpira. If you ask which is 'real', it's burdock from the field ... but if it wasn't kinpira you'd never know how good it was.
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life is beautiful
5 July 2003 | by shi612See all my reviews

A couple moves to husband's home village, where he was born as a son of a farmer. Husband is a novelist who won an award ten years ago, but since then nothing has been printed. Wife was a doctor of a leading edge hospital in Tokyo, but had been so busy that she had a panic disorder. In the village she works as an only doctor in the village. This movie describes how the couple are "healed" in this village community, particularly "Oume-san", a 96 years old woman living in a tiny temple of Amitabha Buddha, and Sayuri, a young woman who lost voice but writes for Oume-san. Actual lead is Oume-san. She is lively, frank, hardworking, and simple. This is a story of Oume-san, and the life in beautiful four seasons in Japanese village. The plot is fairly simple, except death of the teacher Kouda and healing of Sayuri. The movie seems to tell a single message through these contrasted episodes.

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