Our Little Sister

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Japan | 2015 | 126 minutes | Hirokazu Kore-eda

Three tightly knit sisters travel to the Japanese countryside for their father's funeral and form a maternal bond with their shy teenage half-sister in this warmhearted family drama from Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son).

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The latest from Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking; Like Father, Like Son; Maborosi) is another deeply emotional foray into the modern fractured family, Japanese style. Three sisters in their 20s—Sachi (Haruka Ayase), the oldest and most responsible; Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa), the party-loving middle sister; and Chika (Kaho), the dreamy youngest—live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura, the former capital of Japan. At their father's funeral, the three sisters discover, to their shock, that they have a half-sister, the adolescent Suzu (Suzu Hirose). The sisters decide to welcome young Suzu into the family fold; the sibling bond in Our Little Sister is a tender and amicable one, rather than predictably conflictual. Love, death, and the passing of time provide the drama that Kore-eda eschews by having the sisters bond rather than quarrel. Based on the graphic novel "Umimachi Diary" ("Seaside Town Diary"), the film also focuses on the changing seasons and changeless beauty of Kamakura, from the sea sparkling in summer sunlight to radiant autumn leaves to gorgeous yet fleeting cherry blossoms to brilliant fireworks heralding the arrival of another summer in Kamakura.

Director Biography
Hirokazu Koreeda is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. His 1995 film Maborosi, featuring Tadanobu Asano, won a best director prize at the Venice International Film Festival. His 2013 film Like Father, Like Son was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored by East Asia Center UW

  • Original Language Title: Umimachi Diary
  • Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Principal Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 126 minutes
  • Producer: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi
  • Screenplay: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Cinematographers: Mikiya Taikimoto
  • Editors: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Music: Yoko Kanno
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015 (Audience Award)
  • Filmography: Like Father, Like Son (2013); I Wish (2011); Air Doll (2009); Wishing You’re Alright (2008); Still Walking (2008); Hana (2006); Nobody Knows (2004); Distance (2001); After Life (1998); Maborosi (1995)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch