Sweet bean

Sweet bean

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DVD - 2016 | Japanese
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
ISBN: 9786316551283
6316551282
Branch Call Number: DVD SWE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,stamping
digital,optical,surround
widescreen (2.35:1)
NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: An
Uso (Motion picture)

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Knurney
Jan 27, 2021

Cute movie. I always love bean especially red beans. Naturally I watch this movie. Old grandma recipe is always the best. 3 generation, each has their own struggle comforting each other.

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Knurney
Jan 21, 2021

Cute movie. I always love bean especially red beans. Naturally I watch this movie. Old grandma recipe is always the best. 3 generation, each has their own struggle comforting each other.

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midori_hon
Oct 11, 2020

the female director of 'sweet bean' has been on selection juries for the cannes film festival. she is known for having long stretches where the actors have no script and are expected to speak in a natural way that fits the scene.

kiki kirin is a much-lauded actress in japan. this is apparently her last starring role. IRL kirin was married to a rock star whom she refused to divorce though they lived apart and mostly amicably for many years. her son in law is a former boy band star turned actor (see 'departures' - an excellent film), whose daughter is the schoolgirl in this movie. knowing the actors are real life granny and granddaughter adds even more poignancy to this emotional story.

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ScorchingSun
Nov 06, 2019

A good attempt at whimsical warmth.
A bit overlong with a few stretchy scenes and many smoking pauses (the tobacco variety)

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StopHarperNow
Feb 12, 2019

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

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Mooseum
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.

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jacosis
Nov 20, 2018

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

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DoctorVine
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.

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ausnos
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.

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misatim
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

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jimg2000
Mar 21, 2017

The blossoms have all fallen.
-Yeah, they have.
(The new leaves wavering in the breeze) They're waving their hands.
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Bean paste is the soul of a dorayaki.
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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.

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jimg2000
Mar 21, 2017

But you should do what makes you happy. You have all that freedom.
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We all have our stories. We just have to work hard.
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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.
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It's good for kids to be noisy.
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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.

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jimg2000
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.

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jimg2000
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.
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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.
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You know... the full moon whispered to me that day. "I wanted you to see me. That's why I was shining."
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Boss... smile when something is delicious.
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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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gsoone
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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