Copyright: © 1994 Tokuma Shoten Publishing
Directed by Takahata Isao / Produced by Miyazaki Hayao (Studio Ghibli).
Parental Guidance Advised - While this film is targeted for adults, there is no real objectionable content. One scene of very indistinct rear nudity at a public bath, and several discussions between young girls about mensturation. Most kids (and I suspect several adults) will not understand this movie's intent, either.
Okajima Taeko is about to take a vacation. But not having any relatives to speak of, she decides to visit some relatives of her sister's husband, and work on their farm a few hours north of her home in Tokyo. The slow, laborious process of picking benibana for use as dye gives her an opportunity to reflect on her past, and what her life goals might be. But as time progresses, Taeko begins to realize that her life has so far been steady, but for the most part, unfulfilling and aimless. Through unfolding memories and the kind support of her friend Toshio, she begins to re-evaluate her life. And with a little help from past, she may yet be able to build a new future...
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