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Our Little Sister (2015)

Umimachi Diary (original title)
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A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda

Writers:

Akimi Yoshida (manga), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
12 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruka Ayase ... Sachi Kôda
Masami Nagasawa ... Yoshino Kôda
Kaho Kaho ... Chika Kôda
Suzu Hirose ... Suzu Asano
Ryô Kase ... Yoshimi Sakashita
Ryôhei Suzuki ... Dr. Yasuyuki Inoue
Takafumi Ikeda Takafumi Ikeda ... Sanzo Hamada
Kentarô Sakaguchi ... Tomoaki Fujii
Ohshirô Maeda Ohshirô Maeda ... Fûta Ozaki (as Ohshiroh Maeda)
Midoriko Kimura ... Hideko Takano
Yûko Nakamura Yûko Nakamura ... Yôko Asano
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Sachiko Ninomiya
Kazuaki Shimizu Kazuaki Shimizu ... Toshio Iida
Kaoru Hirata Kaoru Hirata
Shin'ichi Tsutsumi ... Dr. Kazuya Shiina
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Storyline

Three sisters live together in their late grandmother's house in the city of Kamakura. They have lived together since their dad left home for another woman and their mum imitated her husband by running off with another man. Sachi, 29, the oldest Koda sister, a nurse at the local hospital, acts as a substitute mother to Yoshino, 22, and Chika, 19. One day, the threesome learns of the death of their "traitor" father and it is only halfheartedly that they go to his funeral. But in Yamagata something unexpected happens: they meet their half-sister Suzu, 13, there and immediately fall for the spell of this exquisite young creature. Sensing that Yoko, her father's widow, will not be a fit guardian, Sachi invites Suzu to move in with them. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

- Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 June 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Little Sister See more »

Filming Locations:

Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,118, 10 July 2016

Gross USA:

$531,996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,918,101
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Koreeda's Non-Script: In previous movies he made, he did not give script to child actors. He just mouthed the dialogue to child actors as the scene took place and the child actors repeated what Koreeda had just said, reacting to what other actors were saying and doing at that moment. It made it easier for child actor not having to memorize dialogues and helped them act more naturally. Since Suzu was not exactly a child, Koreeda gave she her a choice of either to have a script or not have one. She chose not to have a script, thinking this might be the last chance she would be able to act this way. See more »

Goofs

When the four sisters are having their lunch with Chika's boyfriend at their house, in the interior shot looking outward, all the noodles on the main plate have been eaten.

In the next scene, an exterior scene looking inward to the house, Sachi reaches down and takes the plate away but Chika reaches up and takes several noodles off the plate with her chopsticks. See more »

Quotes

Sachi Kôda: I want you to stay forever.
Suzu Asano: I want to stay forever.
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Such a beautiful film
21 February 2016 | by pnck71See all my reviews

Ah, such a beautiful film. Just saw it at the Dublin Film Festival, picked it somewhat at random, and did not regret it at all. If you want to have a break from all the noise around and want some peace and quite then this is the film to watch. There isn't much action here, just 3+1 sisters living their day by day lives. Although, the lives are not at all empty, you will find that there is quite a bit of love and pain, decisions big and small, regrets and forgiveness, but they are all expressed in rather subtle tones. And despite anything, you keep feeling that things are getting better and people are growing together rather than falling apart. Such a feel good movie. And, although it is set up in modern times, there is a good measure of tranquility of old Japan mixed in. Small town, old house, veranda into the garden, plum tree, and of course sakura. So all people and events are intertwined with beauty that is around us. Cinematography and acting are flawless. You just completely immerse into the film and are surprised when it stops. And of course, if you've ever been to Japan, there will be many moments that will bring good memories of this incredible place and culture.


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