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Miracle Apples (2013)

Kiseki no ringo (original title)
In their hometown of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Akinori Kimura (Sadao Abe) and his wife Mieko (Miho Kanno) open an apple orchard. Because of Meiko's allergic reaction to pesticides, ... See full summary »

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Yoshihiro Nakamura

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Takuji Ishikawa (based on the book by), Tomoko Yoshida (screenplay) (as Mini Yoshida) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sadao Abe Sadao Abe ... Akinori Kimura
Miho Kanno Miho Kanno ... Mieko Kimura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mieko Harada
Hiroyuki Ikeuchi
Tae Kimura Tae Kimura
Sawa Suzuki Sawa Suzuki
Rena Tanaka
Tsutomu Yamazaki
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In their hometown of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Akinori Kimura (Sadao Abe) and his wife Mieko (Miho Kanno) open an apple orchard. Because of Meiko's allergic reaction to pesticides, without the help of chemicals, Akinori Kimura must grow his apples. His family endures hardships due to this challenge and suffers severe financial difficulties. Akinori Kimura is even considering suicide. Written by patriot

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 June 2013 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Csodaalma See more »

Filming Locations:

Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,482,424
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Unbelievably irritating and corny tear-jerker
9 February 2016 | by rch427See all my reviews

If you've read the title to this film, you already know everything you need to about it. It has apples. It may have a miracle. The miracle may involve the apples. From that, you'll probably be able to extrapolate that -- like 99% of the other Japanese G-rated dramas, it will be the story of a hapless dreamer with a heart of gold who must overcome every adversity to be able to prove his worth to those around him and to save at least one family member from an illness. There will be tears. There will be innocent children Who Must Be Helped. There will be a beautiful and virtuous woman who will stand by her man. There will be townfolk who don't understand. This sort of film was made by the hundreds in Hollywood in the 1930s through '50s, which makes "Miracle Apples" all the odder, given it being made in 2013.

Yes, I realize that it's (loosely) based upon a true story. But does it have to recycle every hackneyed plot device typical to such movies? Does it have to telegraph every turn of the plot? The protagonist is so earnestly, steadfastly stupid that I found myself enjoying his failure after failure, indignity after indignity. This is partly because star Sadao Abe can be effective in eccentric roles, such as "Ichi the Unicorn" in "Shimotsuma Monogatari" (AKA "Kamikaze Girls"), but he is simply not a believable dramatic actor. His modes are binary; either shouting and nearly wetting himself with enthusiasm or morose and self-flagellating; either way, he's always turned up to eleven.

I give the film three stars for the following: a few good supporting cast members -- particularly Tsutomu Yamazaki as the father-in-law, some fantastic scenery of rural Japan, and a good overall message about organic farming -- but not about a man subjecting his family to a decade of needless poverty, given that organic farming practices were already in use in Europe and America from which he could've learned much, had he bothered to research that.


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