Sweet Bean

Sweet Bean


Downloadable Video - 2015
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Sweet Bean is a delicious red bean paste, the sweet heart of the dorayaki pancakes that Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) sells from his little bakery to a small but loyal clientele. Absorbed in sad memories and distant thoughts, Sentaro cooks with skill but without enthusiasm. When seventy-six-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) responds to his ad for an assistant and cheerfully offers to work for a ridiculously low wage, Sentaro is skeptical about the eccentric old lady's ability to endure the long hours. But when she shows up early one morning and reveals to him the secret to the perfect sweet bean paste, Sentaro agrees to take her on. With Tokue's new home cooked sweet bean paste recipe, Sentaro's business begins to flourish, but Tokue is afflicted with an illness that, once revealed, drives her into isolation once again.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 113 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: An
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Feb 12, 2019

One of the most beautiful and moving movies I have ever watched.

Jan 20, 2019

Japanese movies seem to be able to express a humanity that is lost in most American movies. Sweet Bean stars Kiki Kirin, who died in 2018. (Shoplifters by Hirokazu Koreeda was her last film.) She stars in this film which addresses stereotypical thinking about the elderly, and also lepers. Hopefully what it teaches us is to be more tolerant of people as human beings and as individuals.

Nov 20, 2018

Very well told story. The contrast of beautiful food and prejudice is a master piece.

Jul 25, 2018

You may learn a thing or two that you did not know before regarding the craft of preparing sweet red bean paste.
This film story was OK, but this film was a treat to watch.

Jul 04, 2018

This slow moving but poignant movie comes with deep meaning. I took away the following things: the character Tokue acts like a type of angel bearing important messages, particularly to the younger generations. There is a purpose to everyone's life, and each life is precious. Also, despite all the hardships that we as humans endure, there is still much beauty to behold, and to learn from nature and the things around us.

Tokue is an adorable elderly lady and I enjoyed her presence on screen immensely. The scenery was also beautifully shot. I liked it.

Apr 19, 2018

Wow, not at all what I expected for a story line. This is an amazing film, take the time to watch it with the whole family. There is such meaningful life messages in every min of this film. I can not say enough good things about it. The shots are planned expertly, the acting is superb, the story is heartfelt. Every detail staged to the sublime. Yes, I really liked it, watch it and see what I mean. oh and what the bonus film too

Mar 16, 2018

Excellent film, especially for the acting and cinematography.

Should be titled "Bittersweet Bean"

Feb 05, 2018

Written and directed by Naomi Kawase (河瀬 直美) in 2015 based on the 2013 novel by Durian Sukegawa (ドリアン助川), this Japanese drama depicts the story of a once-troubled middle-aged pancake(どら焼き)-baker and his helper---a 76-year-old woman who looks cheerful for her age despite a medical problem.
The first half appears like a comedy, but the latter half gets serious and somewhat heartwrenching.
The theme that runs through the film seems to tell you that you should enjoy the wonder of life moment by moment, no matter what hard luck hits you.
If you love cherry blossoms, this film is a must-see.

Jan 07, 2018

Beautiful movie. A must see.

Oct 10, 2017

Loved the tender movie about old age & stigmas. Beautifully shot. The added short film is also worth a watch, though very subtle.

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Mar 21, 2017

The blossoms have all fallen.
-Yeah, they have.
(The new leaves wavering in the breeze) They're waving their hands.
Bean paste is the soul of a dorayaki.
Pretty soon now. The scent of the steam has changed.
-The scent of the steam?
Good. We'll let them steam.
-It's complicated.
We're hosting them.
-Hosting? Our customers?
No, the beans.
-The beans?
They came all this way, from the fields.

Mar 21, 2017

But you should do what makes you happy. You have all that freedom.
We all have our stories. We just have to work hard.
It's nice to be young. You're lucky. Oh, a bird. Birds are lucky, they're free. So many. Look! Do you have siblings?
-No, I don't.
Aren't you lonely?
-No, I'm not lonely.
Oh, I know... you have a pet cat or dog.
-No I don't. I do have a canary.
It's good for kids to be noisy.
Don't stir it so hard. The more you stir, the more you crush the beans. Move the spatula carefully. ... That's it, don't crush them. Little by little...
-Little by little, how much is that?
Little... is little.

Mar 21, 2017

Dear boss, How are things at the shop? I worry that your spirit might be low. When I was cooking the bean paste, I was always listening for the stories the beans tell. It's a way of imagining the rainy days and sunny days the beans have seen. What breeze blew across the beanstalks? Listen to the story of their journey. Yes. Listen to them. I believe that everything in this world has a story to tell. Even the sunshine and the wind, I think you can hear their stories. Maybe that's the reason. Last night, the breeze that blew in, across the hedge of holly, seemed to be telling me I should get in touch with you.
Boss... We try to live our lives beyond reproach, but sometimes we are crushed by the ignorance of the world. There are times when we have to use our wits. I should have talked
about that with you. I'm sure that someday, boss, you'll create a dorayaki that fulfills your own vision. Have confidence to follow your own path. I'm sure you can do that, boss.

Mar 21, 2017

We were born into this world to see it and to listen to it. Since that's the case, we don't have to be someone. We have, each of us has meaning to our life.
When I first saw you, boss, it was on my weekly walk, drawn by the sweet fragrance in the air. There I saw your face. Your eyes were very sad. It was a gaze that made me want to ask you, Why do you suffer so? Because I once had a gaze like that.
You know... the full moon whispered to me that day. "I wanted you to see me. That's why I was shining."
Boss... smile when something is delicious.
I have to apologize. I promised to take care of Marvy, but in fact I quickly let him go. As I listened to him sing, I realized he was telling me, "Let me go."


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May 26, 2018

Baker Sentaro's business enjoys new success when his new 76-year-old assistant Tokue shares her recipe for the sweet red bean paste used in the bakery's dorayaki pancakes, but another of Tokue's secrets may bring their happy work life to an early end.


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