MIRACLES OF THE NAMIYA GENERAL STORE ナミヤ雑貨店の奇蹟
Directed by Ryoichi Hiroki • 129 min • North American Premiere
Monday June 18th • 7:00pm • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Court)
The 5th annual Toronto Japanese Film Festival runs for a whopping three weeks from June 7th – 28th at the beautiful Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. Don’t miss the best showcase of Japanese cinema in Toronto this month. Directors from Japan will be in attendance for select screenings!
This deeply moving fantasy-drama, based on Keigo Higashino’s best-selling novel, was nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Film.
The titular shop was run for years by the kindly Mr. Namiya, an elderly man who imparted homespun wisdom to customers in need of advice. In 2012, as three youths hide out in the now derelict store following a burglary, a letter is slipped through the door – allegedly written by a girl three decades earlier. The young men respond and in doing so create a portal through time. Their communications with the past help them understand the life of Mr. Namiya as well as the importance of helping others. Bring your handkerchiefs!