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Sweet Bean & Hot Pot: The Joys of Food

Sweet Bean & Hot Pot: The Joys of Food

For many, food isn’t just sustenance, it also embodies a connection to others, whether family or friends, as well as the deeper currents of culture and tradition. Few films truly capitalize on the centrality of food in our lives, but those that do win a special place in our hearts (and stomachs). This double bill showcases two recent celebrations of intergenerational culinary impact:, Naomi Kawase’s Sweet Bean, about dorayaki-making in Japan, and Heiward Mak’s Fagara, about how a father’s hot pot restaurant in Hong Kong re-unites his daughters. You’ll leave these films hungering for more!

SWEET BEAN

Naomi Kawase Japan, 2015

From director Naomi Kawase comes this small but heartfelt feel-good movie, an affecting tale of friendship that deplores us to remember the simple pleasures in life. Gentle and absorbing throughout, the film features a beautifully controlled performance by the late Japanese actor Kirin Kiki.

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FAGARA

Heiward Mak Hong Kong, 2019

Three sisters unite over hot pot in Heiward Mak’s colorful, deftly directed family dramedy starring the great Sammi Cheng. A divide of ages, cultures, and perspectives come to a head at their father’s restaurant, which provokes questions of legacy, family, entrepreneurship, and happiness. A gem.