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The Great Passage

  • Directed by Yuya Ishii
  • Japan, 2013, 134 mins., Japanese

Mitsuya, a shy young bookworm, is the weakest salesman in his division at the Genbu Publishing Company. When transferred to the dictionary department to work on “The Great Passage,” a 240,000-entry, state-of-the-language dictionary, his passion for language blossoms. But he’s left speechless when he meets Kaguya, his landlady’s granddaughter, who moves into his building and beguiles him with her obsession with cooking knives and fine cuisine. Mitsuya soon finds that the words he has studied his whole life are inadequate to express his true feelings for Kaguya. Meanwhile, complications begin piling up as the dictionary department descends into chaos. Yûya Ishii’s tender and quirky romance is a charming ode to the Japanese lexicon. This year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Genres: Romance, Drama