あん - Sweet beanDVD - 2016 | Japanese
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lotuslori_8 May 19, 2017
A lovely and gentle film about the friendship between a teenager, an elderly woman and a bean cake seller. All are isolated in their own way and longing to make a connection and find some happiness.
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The blossoms have all fallen.
-Yeah, they have.
(The new leaves wavering in the breeze) They're waving their hands.
Bean paste is the soul of a dorayaki.
Pretty soon now. The scent of the steam has changed.
-The scent of the steam?
Good. We'll let them steam.
We're hosting them.
-Hosting? Our customers?
No, the beans.
They came all this way, from the fields.
But you should do what makes you happy. You have all that freedom.
We all have our stories. We just have to work hard.
It's nice to be young. You're lucky. Oh, a bird. Birds are lucky, they're free. So many. Look! Do you have siblings?
-No, I don't.
Aren't you lonely?
-No, I'm not lonely.
Oh, I know... you have a pet cat or dog.
-No I don't. I do have a canary.
It's good for kids to be noisy.
Don't stir it so hard. The more you stir, the more you crush the beans. Move the spatula carefully. ... That's it, don't crush them. Little by little...
-Little by little, how much is that?
Little... is little.
Dear boss, How are things at the shop? I worry that your spirit might be low. When I was cooking the bean paste, I was always listening for the stories the beans tell. It's a way of imagining the rainy days and sunny days the beans have seen. What breeze blew across the beanstalks? Listen to the story of their journey. Yes. Listen to them. I believe that everything in this world has a story to tell. Even the sunshine and the wind, I think you can hear their stories. Maybe that's the reason. Last night, the breeze that blew in, across the hedge of holly, seemed to be telling me I should get in touch with you.
Boss... We try to live our lives beyond reproach, but sometimes we are crushed by the ignorance of the world. There are times when we have to use our wits. I should have talked
about that with you. I'm sure that someday, boss, you'll create a dorayaki that fulfills your own vision. Have confidence to follow your own path. I'm sure you can do that, boss.
We were born into this world to see it and to listen to it. Since that's the case, we don't have to be someone. We have, each of us has meaning to our life.
When I first saw you, boss, it was on my weekly walk, drawn by the sweet fragrance in the air. There I saw your face. Your eyes were very sad. It was a gaze that made me want to ask you, Why do you suffer so? Because I once had a gaze like that.
You know... the full moon whispered to me that day. "I wanted you to see me. That's why I was shining."
Boss... smile when something is delicious.
I have to apologize. I promised to take care of Marvy, but in fact I quickly let him go. As I listened to him sing, I realized he was telling me, "Let me go."
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