And yet this isn't a foodie movie like 1985's Tampopo. The cooking of the beans is just one of many moments in which life can be listened to and genuinely felt and lessons learned. Every character has a hidden story and the drama of Sweet Bean takes on a broader interest. Sentaro is under pressure from the kiosk owner and Tokue has a hidden history as a woman who was quarantined from society because of her leprosy and who is even now treated with fear. As her relationship with Sentaro grows, so they also have to look at their own lives.
John Bleasdale | @drjonty