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Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015)

Ichiko 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.

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Jun'ichi Mori (as Junichi Mori)

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Daisuke Igarashi (manga), Jun'ichi Mori (screenplay) (as Junichi Mori)
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Credited cast:
Ai Hashimoto Ai Hashimoto ... Ichiko
Mayu Matsuoka Mayu Matsuoka ... Kikko
Yôichi Nukumizu Yôichi Nukumizu
Karen Kirishima Karen Kirishima
Takahiro Miura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Momone Shinokawa Momone Shinokawa ... Ichiko(young)
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Ichiko 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.

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Release Date:

14 May 2015 (South Korea) See more »

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Pequena Floresta: Inverno/Primavera See more »

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Ohshu, Iwate, Japan

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Shochiku See more »
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More minimalism; some surprises; and one's proper place in the world
12 August 2015 | by KFLSee all my reviews

This movie is the sequel to, or in any case should be watched after, Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014).

The format is much the same--life in a tiny hamlet in Iwate prefecture in northern Japan, how one manages there, how one can gather what is in the area, or prepare and preserve vegetables in advance (or fail to do so, as the main character, Ichiko, does at least once), and live a life that is poor in many conventional ways...I think this is the only movie set in modern-day Japan in which I have not seen a cellphone, or even, except very briefly, a TV...but astoundingly rich in other ways.

Nonetheless, Ichiko starts to wonder about her proper place in the world, and comes to realize what the astute viewer knew already by the end of the first reel, "Summer/Autumn", which is that she is missing something fundamental in her life. She suddenly sets out to correct this. Not many details are provided; the viewer is left to infer things.

The ending of the film is wonderful in a completely different and unexpected way, taking the viewer unawares.

A beautiful film, but not necessarily one that urban Westerners may appreciate. IAC if you didn't like "Summer/Autumn", there's no reason to watch this.


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