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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sachi Kôda
... Yoshino Kôda
Kaho ... Chika Kôda
... Suzu Asano
... Yoshimi Sakashita (as Ryô Kase)
... Dr. Yasuyuki Inoue
Takafumi Ikeda ... Sanzo Hamada
... Tomoaki Fujii
Ohshirô Maeda ... Fûta Ozaki (as Ohshiroh Maeda)
... Hideko Takano
Yûko Nakamura ... Yôko Asano
Jun Fubuki ... Sachiko Ninomiya
Kazuaki Shimizu ... Toshio Iida
Kaoru Hirata
... 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. They have lived together since 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 to Kamakura home... Written by Guy Bellinger

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- Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »
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13 June 2015 (Japan)  »

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Kamakura Diary  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,118, 10 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$461,263, 6 November 2016
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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.

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Quotes

Sachi Kôda: I want you to stay forever.
Suzu Asano: I want to stay forever.
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loved it !
5 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This movie is 128 minutes long and at the end i was hoping it could go on for two more hours. For me it is the essence of what cinema should be. Great story real characters and real life ! Just a few days before i was watching SW7 and thought it was an OK movie but while watching "our little sister" i was realizing how much better cinema can be and how bad most Hollywood blockbusters really are. I know its like comparing a Michelin star cook to Mc Donald's but when you tasted both you realize one is art and one is fast food. One you eat because you're hungry (bored) and one because it tastes great. This movie is art because it touches you in a special way ... not you ego but your humanity.

Compared to Hirokazu Koreeda previous movie "like father like son" the story is very loose sometime you even think there is none. You also get tricked by the expectations other movies force you to have by repeating the same motives over and over again. I'm not sure if this is intentional or the movie is just so different.

Like most Japanese or Asian movies there is some stuff that could be a little bit to slapstick and melodramatic for western viewers but that's a very small price to pay.

If you don't count anime "our little sister" makes it in my top 5 Asian movies of all time. I highly recommend it.


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