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Sawako Decides [DVD]

Hikari Mitsushima , Masashi Endo , Yuya Ishii    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hikari Mitsushima, Masashi Endo, Kira Aihara, Ryo Iwamatsu, Kotaro Shiga
  • Directors: Yuya Ishii
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Third Window Films
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052YOUAU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,854 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sawako has lived in Tokyo for five years, is working her fifth office job, and is dating her fifth boyfriend, who is also her boss at the office. Her life with Kenichi, her boyfriend, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Kayoko, feels like a "compromise," and she endures each day feeling distressed about her career and love life. One day, she receives word that her father, Tadao, who runs a freshwater clam processing business in her hometown, has fallen ill. There is a reason why Sawako would rather not go back home so easily, but she reluctantly decides to return at Kenichi's insistence. But Kenichi, who had actually quit his job shortly before Sawako, uses this opportunity to come along with Sawako to her hometown with his daughter in tow. Thus Sawako's ordeals continue. Still, she takes over her father's clam processing company and begins to work there.

  • Exclusive interview with director Yuya Ishii
  • Special message from director Yuya Ishii
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Trailers of other Third Window releases
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    United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Surround ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A decidedly ordinary woman attracts an unusual amount of problems in this comedy from Japanese director Ishii Yuya. Sawako (Mitsushima Hikari) has been living in Tokyo for five years but still feels like a fish out of water in the big city; she's had five different jobs since moving to the city, just as many boyfriends, and she doesn't feel like she's hit the jackpot with either. Sawako earns her living at a toy company where she's constantly belittled by her colleagues, and she's dating Kenichi (Endo Masashi), a single father who dotes on his daughter Kayoko (Ahira Kira) but seems more interested in recycling than in Sawako. Sawako has started to think that she should give up on life in Tokyo and go back to the coastal town where she was born and sign on with the family business. However, in her hometown Sawako is regarded as the black sheep of the family who though canning clams wasn't good enough for her, and she's a target for even more abuse when she and Kenichi decide to give it a try. Kawa No Soko Kara Konichi Wa (aka Sawako Decides) was an official selection at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Berlin International Film Festival, ...Sawako Decides ( Kawa no soko kara konnichi wa )

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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody 18 Dec 2011
    By BPR
    Format:DVD
    Director Yuya Ishii received the 19th PFF PIA Film Scholarship Award for Sawako Decides which went on to win several awards including best feature and best actress awards at the Fantasia Film Festival.

    The synopsis from the press release states:
    Sawako has lived in Tokyo for five years, is working her fifth office job, and is dating her fifth boyfriend who is also her boss at the office. Her life with Kenichi, her boyfriend, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Kayoko, feels like a compromise she endures each day feeling distressed about her career and love life. One day, she receives word that her father, Tadao, who runs a freshwater clam processing business, has fallen ill. There is a reason why Sawako would rather not go back home so easily, but she reluctantly decides to return at Kenichi's insistence. Kenichi, however, who had actually quit his job shortly b efore Sawako, uses the opportunity to move with Sawako to her hometown with his daughter in tow. Thus Sawako's ordeal continues as she takes over her father's business and begins to work there, slowly taking charge of the situation and forming a new life for herself.

    Sawako Decides is an interesting film with the basic message that when things are not going in life as you planned them, it's good to strive to be average (or "lower-middle" as Sawako puts it) and sometimes you just have to tough the bad times out. Lead actress Mitsushima Hikari plays Sawako with brilliance, going through a whole range of characteristic emotions from defiance to lethargy, love and hate whilst maintaining a darkly comic undertone and quirkiness to the whole affair. A fantastic actress and I would certainly like to see more from her in the future (and maybe I'll finally get around to watching my copy of Love Exposure).
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and humorous feel good flick 2 Dec 2012
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    I saw this at a Japanese Film Fest here in Ireland, and it really stuck with me, a little more than "Happiness of the Kamakuras". You have a good for nothing girl that lives in Tokyo getting nowhere fast in life. Then moves home to a rural small fishing town and becomes head of her father's fishing produce company. A lot of madness and WTF moments, and a colourful cast of fishery workers who find their new young and inexperienced boss an intriguing joke. That is until Sawako gets SERIOUS.
    Watch and smile. It's the same feeling you get watching Annie or Amelie, sort of. But very much Japanese cinema.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but interesting 27 April 2014
    By Peter
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    Story about a mouse becoming a Lion . Interesting but slow film about a shy , nave girl becoming a leader and decision maker .
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