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J-Film: Sweet Bean

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

A graceful, quietly moving drama from director Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, Still the Water).

Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis -pastries filled with sweet red bean paste. When an old lady, Tokue (Kiki Kirin), offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making sweet bean paste. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes...And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.

Japanese with English subtitles | Not Rated | 113 min | 2015 | Directed by Naomi Kawase

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Presented with Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.


Born and raised in Nara, Naomi Kawase's early films, Embracing and Katatsumori received international recognitions and awards at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 1995. With her first feature, Suzaku (1997), she became the youngest filmmaker to receive the Camera d’Or at the Festival de Cannes. Also at Cannes, she won the Grand Prix for The Mourning Forest(2007), the Carrosse d'Or in 2009, and also served as one of the jurors for the competition in 2013. Her other recent films, Still the Water (2014) and Radiance (2017), have received critical acclaim and competed for the Palme d'Or.

In 2015, Kawase was bestowed with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. Aside from being a filmmaker, she is the founder and Executive Director for the Nara International Film Festival. 

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J-Film: Sweet Bean

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

1150 18th Street Northwest

Suite 100

Washington DC 20036 US