This modest, feel-good film concentrates on Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase), who sells sweet bean pancakes from his little bakery. Absorbed in sad memories, he cooks with skill but without enthusiasm for his small but loyal clientele. When 76-year-old Tokue (Kirin Kiki) answers his ad for an assistant, the entrepreneur is skeptical. But when the eccentric old woman shares her secret recipe for home-cooked sweet bean paste, Sentaro's business begins to flourish. In Japanese with English subtitles. 113 minutes Unrated.