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Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)

Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among ... See full summary »

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Jun'ichi Mori (as Junichi Mori)

Writers:

Daisuke Igarashi (manga), Jun'ichi Mori (screenplay) (as Junichi Mori)
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Ai Hashimoto ... Ichiko
Mayu Matsuoka ... Kikko
Yôichi Nukumizu Yôichi Nukumizu
Karen Kirishima Karen Kirishima
Takahiro Miura
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Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients. Written by Asianwiki

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Live off the land and recharge. A film of four seasons.

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Minimalism in northern Japan, with a dash of soy sauce and ginger
23 July 2015 | by KFLSee all my reviews

This is a rather odd review I'm writing. I rate this 9/10, which means I absolutely will be watching it again; but I'm not sure I can recommend it to a general audience, particularly a Western, city- centric audience.

There is very little by way of a "story" here. What there is instead, is recipes, and tips for growing tomatoes and mustard spinach, and how ducks are used to keep rice paddies healthy, and absolutely breathtaking scenery, and more recipes, and reflections on the life-force of plants, and how to cook akebi properly, and more breathtaking scenery from rural Japan, and occasional hints of a romantic link to a local young man or some familial difficulty, and tips for making jam, ...and more recipes.

If you have wondered about the feasibility of living a more nearly self-sufficient life in a rural area, or are curious about such a life in northern Japan, you may find this worthwhile, perhaps even entrancing, possibly even downright mesmerizing. The latter describes my response fairly well.

Anyone who thinks rural areas mean bugs and heat and dirty water and no cellphone service, you have just wasted 22 seconds reading this review and certainly will not want to watch even the trailer for this film.


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Language:

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Release Date:

30 August 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Forest: Summer/Autumn See more »

Filming Locations:

Ohshu, Iwate, Japan

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Shochiku See more »
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1.78 : 1
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