Our Little Sister

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Other
Running Time:  128 min.
Release Date: July 22, 2016 - Vancouver, Montréal, Toronto - July 22, 2016 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal

Current rating: Rating: 2.50
based on 4 votes and 1 reviews
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Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho , Suzu Hirose


The lives of three sisters subtly change when they meet a teenage half-sister they'd never met.

Sachi (Haruka Ayase), 29, Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa), 22, and Chika (Kaho), 19, live together in their late grandmother's home in Kamakura. They've lived there for years, since their parents divorced and went their separate ways, leaving the girls with their grandmother.

When they receive news of their father's death, the three girls travel to the funeral. where they discover they have a half-sister, Suzu (Suzu Hirose), 15, from their father's second marriage. Suzu is living with her stepmother, their father's third wife, who is a bit of a flake, so they invite the girl to move in with them.

The three sisters adore Suzu, whose presence in their lives gives them a new purpose and direction. However, they discover that Suzu had a closer relationship with their father than they'd imagined, and it forces them to confront the reality of his abandonment of them.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Kaoru Matsuzaki
Screenplay: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Official Site: sonyclassics.com/ourlittlesister

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  • 4 stars "Wonderful, exquisite film about four Japanese sisters and their family drama and happiness by the acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Like the earlier generation including Naruse and Ozu, there isn't a lot of plot but tremendous generosity of feeling and accommodation. What action there is focuses on the sisters and other women around them. Men are supporting characters but do generate interest in their own right. Exceptional photography and study of Japanese life straddling post-modernism and tradition."