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Little Forest: Winter & Spring (DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Little Forest: Winter & Spring (DVD)(Japan Version)
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A finalist of the Tezuka Osamu cultural prize, Igarashi Daisuke's Little Forest is now a four-part film (one part for each season) by director Mori Junichi (Laundry). Hashimoto Ai (Amachan, Parasyte) stars as Ichiko, a girl who returns to her village in northeast Japan. Without the convenience of supermarket near her rural home, Ichiko learns to grow her own food and become self-sufficient through the seasons. In Winter, Ichiko uses black rice and sweet wine to make a special tri-color cake. In Spring, she uses fish and cabbage for pasta and soup. A film for foodies everywhere, Little Forest will make you appreciate and treasure the food that nature gives us.

This edition includes music videos and trailers. Initial press comes with a set of recipe postcards, only available while supplies last.

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Product Title: Little Forest: Winter & Spring (DVD)(Japan Version) 小森食光─冬春篇 (DVD) (日本版) 小森食光─冬春篇 (DVD) (日本版) リトル・フォレスト vol.2 冬/春 Little Forest: Winter & Spring (DVD)(Japan Version)
Also known as: 小森林─冬春篇 小森林─冬春篇
Artist Name(s): Hashimoto Ai | Igarashi Daisuke | Miura Takahiro | Miyauchi Yuri | Matsuoka Mayu 橋本愛 | 五十嵐大介 | 三浦貴大 | 宮内優里 | 松岡茉優 桥本爱 | 五十岚大介 | 三浦贵大 | 宫内优里 | 松冈茉优 橋本愛 | 五十嵐大介/著 | 三浦貴大 | 宮内優里 | 松岡茉優 Hashimoto Ai | Igarashi Daisuke | Miura Takahiro | Miyauchi Yuri | Matsuoka Mayu
Director: Mori Junichi 森淳一 森淳一 森淳一 Mori Junichi
Release Date: 2015-07-29
Publisher Product Code: DB-831
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Shochiku Home Video
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1042756442

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橋本愛 / 三浦貴大 / 松岡茉優 / 森淳一 (監督、脚本) / 五十嵐大介 (原作) / 宮内優里 (音楽)

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August 31, 2015

Seasons of life
Following the Summer & Autumn chapters, Mori Junichi's four-part Little Forest series concludes with the Winter & Spring chapters, and somewhat surprisingly, there really are changes and conclusions in store for the seemingly stagnant characters. In the first two chapters, the gentle seasonal story about a girl living alone in the country and spending her days farming and cooking with the ingredients she harvests from nature remained mostly stark, slice-of-life and driven by the different dishes she makes. This formula is still true for the winter and spring chapters, but the anecdotes and interactions increasingly reveal the inner world and turmoil of reticent heroine Ichiko (Hashimoto Ai).

Though not necessarily at her own initiative, Ichiko's world becomes less insular as the seasons pass. We see and learn more about her friends Yuta (Miura Takahiro) and Kikko (Matsuoka Mayu), the mother that left her, and the greater community of Komori as she grapples with where she truly belongs. The struggle remains mostly internal as Ichiko keeps her emotions to herself, but fears and frustrations begin to spill out in her stories and in her recipes, which look every bit as delicious as the concoctions of the first two chapters. From natto mochi to dried persimmons to a multi-color holiday cake, winter and spring bring another unique array of food for Ichiko to prepare and the audience to crave. The natural beauty of Ichiko's rural hometown of Komori also continues to enchant over the year. With winter come snow-capped trees and pristine snowscapes that extend as far as the eyes can see; with spring come cherry blossoms and sprouting fields.

While the first two chapters are more straightforward in time presentation, in the spring and winter chapters, time and seasons begin to blur as Ichiko's anecdotes jump around more while she sorts out her thoughts. When she does come to a decision, it is sudden yet firm, and one that will lead to great changes in her life, changes that the audience hears about after the fact as the film deliberately omits the key episodes. The abrupt and indirect manner in which Little Forest closes may feel unsatisfactory at first, but on second thought, the subtle and realistic ending is consistent to the film's overall style and themes. While the film series' structure may be divided into four seasons of farming and cooking over one year, the film's contemplative journey of finding purpose and inner peace in one's life, work and environment extends over the different seasons of life, of which Ichiko's return to her hometown is but one.

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