Title: Our Little Sister (aka. Umimachi Diary)
Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
Written by: Hirokazu Koreeda
Based on the manga comic by: Akimi Yoshida
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose and Ryô Kase
Release Date: 6/13/2015
Running Time: 128 minutes
Three twenty-something sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – live together in a large old house in the seaside town of Kamakura. When they learn of their estranged father’s death, they decide to travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu for the first time and, bonding quickly, invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and begins a new life with her older sisters.
Amidst the many and varied colors of Kamakura’s four seasons, the four sisters cause each other emotional anguish, and support each other through life’s trials, developing a very special bond in the process. Set against the summer ocean sparkling with sunlight, radiant autumn foliage, a tunnel of gorgeous yet impermanent cherry blossom trees, hydrangeas damp from the rainy season, and brilliant fireworks heralding the arrival of another summer, their moving and deeply relatable story depicts the irreplaceable moments that form a true family.
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Note: The credits start rolling over the final scene of the girls walking on the beach.