Directed by Naomi Kawase
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.
Sweet Bean- New York Times Critics' Pick review
"Warm and unusually crowd-pleasing." -The Village Voice
"Naomi Kawase's gentle study of life, loss and confectionery is easily the Japanese auteur's most accessible work to date." -Variety
"Delightful, unfashionably earnest and, at its best, very moving." -Pop Matters
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