Sentaro spends his days crafting dorayaki (two small pancakes with a dollop of red bean paste in the middle) at his small food stand, but sparse patronage and his haunted demeanor show that something is missing. That something is discovered when the elderly Tokue responds to his “help wanted” ad with an edible resume: homemade bean paste so good that lines begin to form around the block. Sweet Bean is a richly observed (and mouthwateringly filmed) story of an elderly woman imparting her wisdom to a man in desperate need, an act that shows the power of food and tradition to bring people together.
Cast Miyoko Asada, Etsuko Ichihara, Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
Producer Koichiro Fukushima, Yoshito Oyama, Masa Sawade
Screenwriter Naomi Kawase
Cinematographer Shigeki Akiyama
Editor Tina Baz