7.6/10
20
1 user

It's a Beautiful Life: Irodori (2012)

Jinsei, irodori (original title)
Based on a true story of elderly women - three childhood friends - who at their old age put up a food garnish business at Tokushima Prefecture.

Director:

Osamu Minorikawa

Writer:

Noriko Nishiguchi (screenplay)
Reviews
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Kaoru tokumoto
Sumiko Fuji Sumiko Fuji ... Hanae ishimoto
Mie Nakao Mie Nakao ... Michiko ozeki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tatsuya Fuji ... Teruo tokumoto
Yûta Hiraoka ... Haruhiko eda
Yukijirô Hotaru Yukijirô Hotaru ... Shigeru sugaya
Midoriko Kimura ... Bar master
Eri Murakawa Eri Murakawa ... Yuka ishidate
Ren Osugi ... Hariki (as Ren Ôsugi)
Shigeyuki Totsugi ... Teruyuki tokumoto
Learn more

More Like This 

The Complex (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Ryô Iwamatsu
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a sudden worldwide power cut, a Tokyo family are caught up in the chaos as millions traverse the country in search of electricity.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Stars: Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa
Time of Eve (2010)
Animation | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In a not too distant future, a young man's outlook on his home android begins to change after tracking the android's behavioral log to a mysterious cafe.

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Kenji Nojima, Rie Tanaka
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A love story about the encounter of two drifting souls. Escaping her abusive past, a woman stays the night with an illegal immigrant friend of a friend. The two get closer and fall in love, but face turmoil.

Director: Alejandro Chomski
Stars: Angela Sarafyan, Dana Delany, Debi Mazar
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A beautiful real-estate agent (Peiru) gets drunk at a karaoke bar and throws up on a principled, lonely cop (Zhendong). Zhendong quickly falls for the flirtatious Peiru despite the fact ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau
Stars: Qi Shu, Ye Liu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni
Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Storyline

Based on a true story of elderly women - three childhood friends - who at their old age put up a food garnish business at Tokushima Prefecture.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

User Reviews

 
Formulaic? You bet--from beginning to end. ...but, it actually happened.
4 October 2017 | by KFLSee all my reviews

Well, I expect it more or less happened as in this movie. I'm sure there was some embellishment here and there.

Three elderly ladies in the remote Japanese prefecture of Tokushima decide to start a business harvesting and selling...leaves. Leaves from various trees, arranged decoratively to accent and enhance traditional Japanese cuisine. Anyone who has had even the simplest traditional sushi lunch will be familiar with the basic idea.

Tokushima is one of the most remote and resolutely rural of Japan's 47 prefectures. Snuggled into a corner of Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands, Tokushima prefecture is a little larger than Rhode Island in size, but home to fewer than 750,000, according to the latest census. And here as elsewhere in Japan, the rural population continues to fall, as residents pull up stakes and head for the cities, unable to find a way to make ends meet in what would otherwise be a wonderful place to live--the natural scenery is stunning. This is emphasized in the very first scene of the movie, as neighbors with all their belongings crammed into a truck stop to say a brief goodbye on their way, we presume, to a nearby city and something more nearly like a livable wage.

But these three old friends--one home temporarily to visit her mother--hit upon one possible business plan, mentioned above.

A shrewd viewer could guess much of the arc of the story, with some leeway for the particular nature of the obstacles the women will have to overcome. But this is based on an actual success story, and as the credits roll we are shown photos of what appear to be the actual principals. We are told that their business now has an annual turnover of some 260 million yen (US $2.3 million, at the current exchange rate). Not too shabby for an outfit run by septuagenarians in the boondocks.

The spoken Japanese is all in Tokushima dialect; I had a hard time following it. An extra on the DVD shows a dialect specialist teaching the actors how to pronounce their lines properly.

Despite its predictability, this film may be worth your time for the uplifting story, for the moral about finding new ways to live and work in a place you love, for the truly spectacular scenery, and for occasional humorous or moving interludes. However, I am unaware of the availability of an English subbed or dubbed version.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

It's a Beautiful Life: Irodori See more »

Filming Locations:

Shikoku, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed