Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

Our Little Sister 2015

Umimachi Diary

Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu World

Three sisters in their 20s get to know their teenage half-sister in this charming family drama, beautifully accentuated with flavours and sensations of its unmistakably Japanese setting. From the director of I Wish.

Jul 26

Penthouse Cinema

Jul 28

Penthouse Cinema

Jul 29

Embassy Theatre

Jul 31

Light House Cinema Petone

Aug 09

Embassy Theatre

Japan In Japanese with English subtitles
128 minutes DCP

Director, Editor


Matsuzaki Kaoru
Taguchi Hijiri


Kore-eda Hirokazu. Based on the graphic novel by Yoshida Akimi


Takimoto Mikiya

Production designer

Mitsumatsu Keiko

Costume designer

Sacico Ito


Kanno Yoko


Ayase Haruka (Koda Sachi)
Nagasawa Masami (Koda Yoshino)
Kaho (Koda Chika)
Hirose Suzu (Asano Suzu)


Cannes (In Competition)
Sydney 2015

Kore-eda Hirokazu (Like Father, Like Son; I Wish) sustains his place as the current master in the great Japanese cinema tradition of exquisitely nuanced family dramas. His new film reaches us direct from competition at Cannes.

“This irresistible, light-filled family drama from Japanese writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu brims with small moments and slips down as easily as the many meals it shares with us.

Kore-eda gives us three sisters, Sachi (Ayase Haruka), Yoshino (Nagasawa Masami) and Chika (Kaho), all in their 20s, who meet their teenage half-sister, Suzu (Hirose Suzu), for the first time at their estranged father’s funeral far away in the countryside. Immediately getting on well with this balanced, smart young woman, they invite Suzu to share with them the old family home in Kamakura that their father abandoned 15 years earlier and where the three still live, eating, drinking and talking together like friends as much as siblings. Their close rapport and reliance on each other – and the dignity with which they welcome their new sister, despite her presence unearthing old resentments – is deeply infectious…

An intimate, warm embrace of a film, it radiates joy and harmony despite playing out entirely in the shadow of a difficult father’s death. Out of darkness, Kore-eda discovers light, and there’s a meandering, extremely personable charm to this film that means that even its more soppy moments – such as when two characters cycle through an avenue of cherry blossom – feel well-earned and entirely fitting. Deeply charming and quietly moving.” — Dave Calhoun, Time Out