A touching new love story from novelist Hiro Arikawa, writer of Hankyu Railways
The long-awaited adaptation of the best seller Kencho Omotenashi-ka overflows with love on the big screen!!
DaVinci Magazine #1 book of the year 2011 (romance category and overall ranking)
Hiro Arikawa’s books continue to be adapted into films and television, including Freeter, Ie Wo Kau which became a hit TV series and Library Wars which is slated to be a summer blockbuster. .
Award-winning book Kencho Omotenashi-ka is among Arikawa’s most popular works, now brought to the big screen by the creative team behind the movie “Hankyu Railways - A 15-minute Miracle”.
A story filled with the love between two young couples, the love between parent and child, the love for one’s work, and the love for one’s hometown will warm hearts anew.
A lot of love gives you that little push of support
One visit will put a smile on your face
With the tourism boom in full swing across Japan, Kochi Prefecture decides to get in the game and sets up a new “Hospitality Department”. However, the department’s team, led by eager but floundering Kakemizu (Ryo Nishikido), are clueless about where to begin.
Local boy turned popular novelist Yoshikado (Kengo Kora) harshly criticizes them for being a typical slow-moving government office. Advised that they need to recruit a more flexible-thinking person with a “civilian mindset,” Kakemizu scouts a sharp young part-timer named Taki (Maki Horikita) from another department.
Following further advice from Yoshikado, Kakemizu and Taki enlist the support of Kazumasa Kiyoto (Eiichiro Funakoshi), a now-legendary former staff member at the prefectural office who was driven out after proposing a tourism plan that was ahead of its time. They pay him a visit at his inn, but are rebuffed by his daughter Sawa (Megumi Seki) who holds a long-standing grudge against the prefectural office for what happened to her father.
After surmounting many obstacles, will the pair finally be able to discover the true meaning of “hospitality”? Will Kakemizu and Taki find the love that continues to elude them? And what’s the true motivation behind Yoshikado’s return to Kochi?
From this backwater a big project to liven the spirit of Japan is born!
- Original Story
- Hiro Arikawa
- Yoshishige Miyake
- Yoshikazu Okada
- Michiaki Yamasaki
- Ryo Nishikido
- Ryo Yoshimata
- Kosuke Yamada
- Sound Recording
- Shinichi Toyoda
- Release Date in Japan