The PIA Film Festival has a wonderful tradition of supporting young Japanese filmmakers, and this flick is the 19th in a long line of fine movies made with PFF scholarship money. Sawako (Hikaru Mitsushima) is a bumbling Tokyo 20-something with no dreams, no aspirations and no talents. She gleefully accepts her ineptitude but is forced out of her go-nowhere life when her father becomes ill and she must take over the family clam-packing business in her rural hometown. This is just fine by her nebbish boyfriend, a single dad named Kenichi (Masashi Endo), who tags along with his daughter in the hopes that the three of them can form a new family. However, when issues from Sawako’s past arise and she must deal with the small-mindedness of local bumpkins, the film’s tone passes from absurdity to tragedy. By portraying—and celebrating—its characters’ less-than-mediocre lives, Kawa no Soko Kara Konnichiwa treads a wonderful line between deadpan humor and touching melancholy. A gem. English title: Sawako Decides.
Knives trusted by chefs worldwide
We do "U-Brew" at the home of Hitachino Nest craft beer
From vagabound visitor to registered resident in 4 easy steps
A charming tale of childhood friendship takes an unexpected turn
When two countries are home, which is best for the family?
"Informative post. Omega-3 also help to reduce weight. It is delicious drink. I am going to try."
From: Power & Beauty Smoothie
"Shadow photography, great stuff ... simply beautiful ... poetic! There should be huge accolades for this..."
From: August 25, 2014
"Shinsei Bank doesn't."
From: Nippon Newbie
"Too bad most of them close about the time it's actually pleasant enough to be sitting outside."
From: Top 3 Kanto Beer Gardens
"Definitely not the trendiest of spots but it has a large selection of beers from San Diego for those times you..."
From: Antenna America