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Year: 2008
USA: IFC Films
UK: New Wave Films
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi, Kirin Kiki, Yoshio Harada, Hotaru Nomoto, Ryoga Hayashi, Tomoya Taguchi, Keisuke Tanaka, Miyuri Kudo, Mitsuhiro Tamura, Yoshiharu Takahashi, Yukari Horie, Susumu Terajima, Haruko Kato
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
USA & UK: 114 mins
UK Certificate: U contains no material likely to offend or harm
USA Release Date: 28 August 2009 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 15 January 2010 (Limited Release)

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The Yokoyama family come together to celebrate the memory of their youngest son Junpei, who died fifteen years ago while rescuing a boy from drowning. Over the course of one summer day we follow the family, bound together by love as well as resentments and secrets, as new relatives become acquainted, old stories are retold, food prepared and an elegant graveside ritual takes place. It is with warmth and gentle humour that we follow the complex dynamics between the equally annoying, lovely and precious characters of the Yokoyama family, all masterfully drawn by Kore-Eda.

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