Skip to main content

AN

Japan, 2015 (MIFF 2015, Accent on Asia)

Director: Naomi Kawase

"A soft-centered ode to the virtues of patience, tolerance and bean-filled pancakes." – Variety

Middle-aged Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase, from MIFF 2002's Suicide Club) finds little fun in his small dorayaki stand, spending his days serving pastry delicacies filled with sweet red bean paste: the "an" of the feature's title. Then the eccentric, elderly Tokue (Kirin Kiki, also appearing in Our Little Sister in this year's program) enters his life, answering his advertisement for an assistant, sharing her secret formula and helping him rediscover his sense of joy.

Earning her 24th directorial credit in 23 years, prolific Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase (Still the Water, MIFF 2014; Hanezu, MIFF 2011) tells a bittersweet tale of old wounds and new beginnings, set in a budding bakery and unravelling against a backdrop of blooming cherry blossoms.

An pays tribute to the wisdom of autumn years, and to turning past mistakes into future successes – even when life doesn't adhere to the recipe.


See also...

HANEZU

"A beautifully made, quietist and contemplative work... a delicately romantic and even subtly erotic love story." - Guardian ... In rural Japan, three lovers face the consequences of infidelity and th... More »

SUZAKU

Naomi Kawase's first feature film confirms the talent shown by her poignantly poetic prize-winning shorts. In a magnificent cedar-forested mountain setting, exquisitely filmed by veteran cameraman Mas... More »

STILL THE WATER

"Impressively poised ... Kawase's distinctive serenity and generosity of spirit remain valuable qualities in the cinema." – The Guardian ... Confident and whip-smart, 16-year-old Kyoko can feel hersel... More »

MOURNING FOREST, THE

Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Multiple award-winning filmmaker Naomi Kawase (Suzaku, The Weald) channels the classical Japanese masters in this sumptuous mood piece on ... More »

OUR LITTLE SISTER

Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda returns from competition at Cannes with a trademark drama of warmth and humanism. ... Following his Cannes Jury Prize-winning Like Father, Like Son (MIFF... More »

CHASUKE S JOURNEY

"Sabu is in his most fun-loving element, stirring Okinawa's magical folk art into a Capraesque yarn that ... sends up the impulse to rewrite one's own destiny in this high-octane romantic fantasy." – ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director