Majime is an eccentric young man and struggling salesman with a major publishing company. His linguistics qualifications and his tenacity catch the attention of Nishioka and Araki, dictionary editors seeking a replacement for Araki himself, who needs to spend more time at his ailing wife’s bedside. Together, they embrace the ambitious task of creating a new dictionary called The Great Passage, in an attempt to reconnect people with the magic and romance of words.
Meanwhile, back at his at the rooming house, Majime meets Kaguya, his landlady’s granddaughter, who has just returned from culinary school. Her beauty, charm, and dedication to gourmet pursuits soon melt Majime’s heart. When Matsumoto, the chief editor, learns of the chemistry between the two, he asks Majime to write the definition for the word “Love.”
Based on Shion Miura’s best-selling novel, this gently absorbing drama features an all-star cast and a healthy undercurrent of quirky humour that celebrates ordinary people locked in decidedly glorious endeavours. The Great Passage has been selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Tomo Tsuchii, Kimitaka Goka, Noritsugu Iketa, Yasuyuki Iwanami
Ryuhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Jo_ Odagiri, Kumiko Aso, Kazuki Namioka
Yuya Ishii is one of Japan’s most renowned young directors. His previous work, Sawako Decides (2010), was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival Forum in 2010, and he has received much acclaim both domestically and internationally.
Official Japanese Submission for Best Foreign Language Film— 86th Academy Awards
Fantasia Festival 2013, Vancouver International Film Festival 2013, BFI London Film Festival 2013, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2013