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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)
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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
Ryo Kase ... Yoshimi Sakashita (as Ryô Kase)
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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Comedy | Drama

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:

Kamakura Diary See more »

Filming Locations:

Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company,GAGA,Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Koereda first read the manga series "Umi-machi Diary", he was immediately attracted to the story which dealt with family, death and child being abandoned and felt he was the right director to bring it to film. He contacted the author but found someone already had a right to the book. Couple years later he was informed the right to the book had been withdrawn and it was his if he was still interested. 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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The Pursuit of Happiness
22 March 2016 | by simon-wangSee all my reviews

All the Hollywood directors producing one comic-book sequel after the other (and all other directors as well) should see this film, they should turn away in shame, and quit directing. Movie is largely seen as a medium to entertain, yet it could be so much more.

Watching this movie, in every scene, it is incomprehensible for a western viewer how it is filmed: There are only daily life scenes, nothing dramatic, yet it is such a heart-warming experience, a simple joy of watching people living their lives.

The story follows 3 very different grown-up sisters who live independently in a big house. The father has left them when they were little, and now they learn that they yet have another little sister. Soon their little dormitory has an additional guest. The main characters are the youngest sister who tries to adapt to her new life, and the oldest sister who is determined to live her life lead by strength and kindness.

Critics have compared Kore-eda with Ozu, because of his calm observation of life. Still, Ozu's films contain great sadness, while Kore-eda's movies ('Like Father,Like Son', 'Kiseki') are full of hope and joy for living. They show simple people trying to find happiness in life. It has a Zen-like quality: one doesn't need big dramatic events to show love and kindness, if you are looking close enough you will find it in the most ordinary things in daily life.

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen.


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