Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Staring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Rated: PG (For thematic elements and brief language)
Imagine you are with two of your siblings, sitting around the dinner table, when you get news that your father, who left all of you fifteen years ago, has died recently. The news would likely be tragic, but in the case of the Koda sisters, they take the news with stride. Their father did indeed leave them almost fifteen years ago. They have since moved on, and the news of his passing only affects them so much as they need to decide who is going to go to the funeral to represent the family. Now then, imagine you get to the funeral and discover that not only did your dad leave your family to be with another woman, but produced a child with that second woman. I would personally find the situation to be awkward, but, this being Japanese culture, the sisters humbly acknowledge their new sister and continue throughout their day. Finally, imagine that you discover the woman your father left the family for died; he got remarried, and now that new step-sister you have just heard about has nowhere to live.
Parents, there is some mild language and a love affair, but nothing is explicit. Recommended for ages 7 and up.