It Only Happens in the Movies?

Japanese Cinema and Encounters

30 January to 26 March 2015

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Birmingham
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Edinburgh

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London
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My Little Sweet Pea

麦子さんと (Mugiko-san to)

One day, anime-obsessed and aspiring voice actor Mugiko’s estranged mother unexpectedly reappears in her and her brother’s lives. When their mother suddenly passes away, Mugiko (or ‘Sweet Pea’) begrudgingly travels to her mother’s hometown. Through her encounters with the locals, she begins to find out about her mother’s surprise local celebrity status and the life of the parent she hardly knew.

Drawing similarities with the films of classic Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, My Little Sweet Pea is a bittersweet story about family and loss which transcends cultures. Directed by Keisuke Yoshida (Sankaku, Cafe Isobe), the film stars popular Japanese actor Maki Horikita (The Lady Shogun) and Ryuhei Matsuda (The Great Passage), and also features fun animated sequences by the renowned studio Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell).

Showing at: ICA, London; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne; mac birmingham, Birmingham.

Distributor: Phantom Film

Images © 2013 “My Little Sweet Pea” Production Committee

Director: Keisuke Yoshida
Maki Horikita, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kimiko Yo, Yoichi Nukumizu, Sayaka Tashiro
2013, 95 min, English subtitles

Showing at:

Tyneside Cinema
15 March 2001

Midlands Arts Centre
15 March 2003

Filmhouse
15 February 2026

ICA
15 January 2031