Naomi Kawase • 2015 • Japan
A heart-warming tale of food and friendship in contemporary Japan.
Sentaro runs a small bakery on the corner of a tree-lined street. Tokue is a seventy-six year old woman skilled in the art of preparing an, a traditional red bean paste in dorayaki. The two form an unlikely bond as the seasons shift and blend.
Steeped in rich sensorial detail, and attuned to both the passing rhythms of nature and the simple pleasures of life, Sweet Bean is a heart-warming tale of food and friendship in contemporary Japan. Celebrated filmmaker Naomi Kawase's ninth narrative feature premiered at Cannes, Rotterdam, and São Paulo, where it won the Audience Award. Sweet Bean is a New York Times Critics' Pick.