Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, ... See full summary »
The floating clouds between the high buildings, the lines of the taillights under the moonlight, the swirling human waves... Every view in Tokyo looks as if it is alive. Before even she ... See full summary »
A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »
Akiko (Satomi Kobayashi) lives with her mother, but suddenly her mother passes away. Since then she quits her editing job and takes over her mother's small restaurant. At the restaurant ... See full summary »
Suzume Katagura is a bored housewife who spends her days doing chores and taking care of her husband's pet turtle. One day she sees a wanted ad for spies. Hoping for some excitement she decides to give them a call.
Newcomer Shizuka Ishibashi throws herself into the role of Mika, a nurse by day, a 'girlie bar' hostess by night, subject to feelings of anxiety and isolation, and unable to reach through a... See full summary »
A 40-year old man sees his life change when his wife gets pregnant. He already has a daughter from his first marriage whom he rarely sees and two step-daughters, from his wife's first ... See full summary »
The Kamo river is the artery around which Kyoto was set and exists and it is the lives of the regular citizens and business owners of this setting that Mother Water observes. There is a tofu maker, a cafe owner and a barmaid. Then there are their customers, acquaintances and neighbours. They cross the river, interact and chitchat with the historic city sprawling around them.Written by