Our Little Sister (海街 diary)

Based on the manga “Umimachi Diary” by Akimi Yoshida.
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.
  • Rating: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Original Title: Umimachi Diary (Literally “Seaside Town Diary”)
  • Directed By: Hirokazu Koreeda.
  • Written By: Hirokazu Koreeda.
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese (Subtitled in English)
  • Release Date: June 13, 2015 (Japan)
  • Filming Locations: Kamakura, Kanagawa (Japan)
  • Worldwide Gross: $15,918,101
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • Runtime: 127 min

Main Characters:

  • Sachi Kōda (香田 幸, Kōda Sachi)

The eldest sister of the Kōda family. She is 29-years-old. She works as a nurse in a hospital. Very serious and reliable.

  • Yoshino Kōda (香田 佳乃, Kōda Yoshino)

Second sister of the Kōda family. She is 22-years-old. She works as an office lady in a bank. She loves drinking alcohol and is pretty embarrassing when she gets drunk. She often dates young, handsome boys. Once, she dated Tomoaki Fujii, one of the protagonists of “Lover’s Kiss” an older manga series by Akimi Yoshida, also set in Kamakura).

  • Chika Kōda (香田 千佳, Kōda Chika)

The younger sister of Kōda family. She is 19-years-old. She works in a sports equipment shop.

  • Suzu Asano (浅野 すず, Asano Suzu)

She shares the same father as the Kōda sisters. She is 13-years-old and still in junior high school. She is very reliable and serious, which caught Sachi’s attention. She lived in Sendai with her father and mother, but after her mother’s death, her father married a woman named Yōko in Yamagata. She met her sisters at her father’s funeral, and moved to Kamakura to live with them. She is very good at soccer.

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