WHO’S IN IT?
Lily Franky (Our Little Sister), Sakura Ando (Our Homeland), Mayu Matsuoka (Little Forest), Sosuke Ikematsu (The Last Samurai), Kairi Jō (film debut), Miyu Sasaki (film debut), Kirin Kiki (Sweet Bean), Naoto Ogata (Night Train to the Stars), Yoko Moriguchi (Unloved), Yūki Yamada (GTO), Moemi Katayama (Scoop!), Kengo Kora (Norwegian Wood), Chizuru Ikewaki (Osaka Story), Akira Emoto (Dr. Akagi)
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Hirokazu Kore’eda (Nobody Knows), director, writer, editor; Matsuzaki Kaoru (My Darling of the Mountains), Yose Akihiko (After The Storm) and Taguchi Hijiri (Hana), producers; Haruomi Hosono (Southern Winds), composer; Ryûto Kondô (Tokyo Drifter), cinematographer
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
In Tokyo, Osamu Shibata (Franky) lives in poverty with his wife Nobuyo (Ando), heavily relying on pensions and income from low-paying jobs. Whilst Osamu is shoplifting groceries, he comes across a homeless young girl named Yuri (Sasaki), and takes her home where he and Nobuyo discover evidence of abuse, and despite their limited finances decide to formally adopt her…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
This Palme D’Or-winning Japanese drama is a real heartbreaker that will simultaneously fill you with joy and happiness while also have you weeping at its sincere portrayal of family, love and sacrifice.