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A group of men in an Osaka mah-jongg parlor speculate that a mysterious old woman who pushes a baby carriage through the streets just before daybreak is a drug courier or worse. Tsuneo, a university student, finds himself face-to-face with her one morning and discovers that she is actually transporting her handicapped granddaughter, Josee, a charming and bookish young woman who took her name from a character in a Francoise Sagan novel. Director Isshin Inudo limns this unlikely love story with folktale elements, and the combination works quite well. The cast is uniformly excellent, especially Satoshi Tsumabuki as Tsuneo and Ikewaki Chizuru as Josee. In Japanese with subtitles. 116 min.

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