The Great Passage
The Great Passage
Fune wo amu
Japan, 2013, 133 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles
This slow burning romance between a charming geek and a beautiful culinary student could only have been made by the idiosyncratic Yuya Ishii (Mitsuko Delivers). With warmth and humor Ishii makes us understand that beauty can be found in the meaning of words and that a story about editing a new dictionary can be captivating.
In 1995, failing as a salesman, Majime is transferred to the reference department of a publishing house to work on The Great Passage, a dictionary meant to recognize how new words and slang are changing the Japanese language. The job – which will last more than a decade – is not for everyone, but with his linguistic skills and obsession with words Majime finds his true calling.
Awkward, socially clumsy and solitary by nature, he is only truly at home with his books and the house cat Tora-san. Then he meets his landlady’s beautiful granddaughter, recently returned from culinary school, and he is totally smitten; words fail him.
"At once accessibly humanist and endearingly nerdy, suffused with a deep love of language and a quiet awe at the possibilities of human collaboration."
- Justin Chang, Variety
DIRECTOR: Yûya Ishii
Producer: Yasuyuki Iwanami, Tomoo Tsuchii, Kimitaka Goka, Ikeda Fumitsugu
Editor: Shinichi Fushima
Screenwriter: Kensaku Watanabe
Cinematographer: Junichi Fujisawa
Music: Takashi Watanabe
Principal Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazazki, Joe Odagiri, Haru Kuroki, Misako Watanabe, Chizuru Ikewaki, Kaoru Yachigusa
Filmography: Mitsuki Delivers (2011)
A Man with Style (2011)
Sawako Decides (2010)
Kimi to arukou (2009)
Bare-assed Japan (2007)
Of Monster Mode (2007)
Print Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd.