Our Little Sister
海街 Diary 「Umimachi Diary」
Japanese Release Date: June 13th, 2015
UK Release Date: April 15th, 2016
Running Time: 126 mins.
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writer: Shin Adachi (Screenplay), Akimi Yoshida (Original Manga)
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Otake, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ryo Kase, Jun Fubuki, Ryohei Suzuki, Oshiro Maeda, Lily Franky, Kirin Kiki
Synopsis: 29-year-old Sachi Kouda (Haruka Ayase), 22-year-old Yoshino Kouda (Masami Nagasawa), and 19-year-old Chika Kouda (Kaho) live in a house once owned by their grandmother in Kamakura. Their parents are divorced, their father having left them fifteen years ago. When they learn of their father’s death they decide to attend his funeral where they meet their 14-year-old half-sister Suzu Asano (Suzu Hirose) who has nobody to care for her. Sachi invites Suzu to join the in Kamakura and the three women gain a younger sister.
Our Little Sister/Umimachi Diary is an award-winning film that was at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver and the BFI London Film Festival which is a statement on how much of a household name Hirokazu Kore-eda is when it comes to cinephiles. His critical success has been well-earned when you consider that he is the auteur behind Kiseki, Nobody Knows, After Life, Still Walking, and Like Father, Like Son, films which prove very popular with international audiences and critics. I have seen at least six of his films so far and think that he is one of the best directors in Japan working and I am looking forward to seeing this when it is at my local art-house cinema later this month.
Our Little Sister will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK from June 13th.