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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 »

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Yôji Yamada

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Emiko Hiramatsu (screenplay), Yôji Yamada (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Ryo Kase ... Toru Nagata (as Ryô Kase)
Yû Aoi ... Koharu Takano
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Susumu Komiyama
Yuriko Ishida ... Chiyaki Komiyana
Midoriko Kimura ... Hitomi Ohara
Sayuri Yoshinaga Sayuri Yoshinaga ... Ginko
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Maruyama
Haruko Katô Haruko Katô ... Kinuyo Takano
Masahiro Nakai Masahiro Nakai ... Hotel Employee
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Syohei Tano
Leo Morimoto Leo Morimoto ... Doctor Endo
Tsurube Shôfukutei Tsurube Shôfukutei ... Tano Tetsuro
Kôen Kondô ... Doctor Hamamura
Narumi Kayashima Narumi Kayashima ... Tano Nobuko
Mae Otsuka Mae Otsuka ... (as Mae Ohtsuka)
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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 wedding day also brings homes Ginko's younger brother Tetsuro, a failed actor and a hard drinker who shows up causing trouble. Having covered for him all her life, Ginko is ready to disown her burdensome younger brother, but some things are easier said than done... Written by Anonymous

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Never too late to find the right place.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

30 January 2010 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Warning for non Japanese
3 January 2011 | by abdul_cordobaSee all my reviews

If you don't really have a crush on Japanese culture, beware this movie has a lot of cultural references. Indeed 恩'd say it will entertain scholars but not everyone.

It's not about the conclusion of the story, is the realization of life itself. From many levels of symbolism one can see Tokyo vs Osaka culture, ancient vs contemporary, traditions vs innovation, 内々 (uchi-uchi) in the sense of community, 恩 (on) in the sense of obligation. Daily ethical Japanese if you like... The story is simple but many details arise and its not a matter of solving something in the classical model of occidental drama, enjoy from the beginning, every moment, but don't hope for a hard climax or an unexpected outcome.

If you are fond of Japanese perspectives, you will love it as 恩 did.


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