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The Little House (2014)

Chiisai ouchi (original title)
A woman looks back on her family's life in Tokyo before and during WWII. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.


Yôji Yamada


Kyôko Nakajima (based on the novel by), Yôji Yamada (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takako Matsu ... Tokiko Hirai
Haru Kuroki ... Taki Nunomiya (younger)
Isao Hashizume Isao Hashizume ... Professor Konaka
Kazuko Yoshiyuki Kazuko Yoshiyuki ... Professor Konaka's wife
Shigeru Muroi Shigeru Muroi ... Sadako
Tomoko Nakajima Tomoko Nakajima ... Chikako Matsuoka
Aki Takejô Aki Takejô ... Kane
Yoneko Matsukane ... Hanawa's Aunt
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Kazuo Hanawa
La Salle Ishii La Salle Ishii ... Yanagi
Shôzô Hayashiya Shôzô Hayashiya ... Therapist
Uta Yotsuya Uta Yotsuya
Rei Shibakusa Rei Shibakusa
Isao Kataoka Isao Kataoka
Tomoko Takama Tomoko Takama


Following the death of the unmarried and childless Taki, Takeshi, a young relative of hers, discovers several pages of closely written lines in which the old lady has recorded her memories. This is how he learns the truth about her youth working as a housemaid and nanny for the Hirai family in a little house in Tokyo with a red gabled roof. Written by AnonymousB

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Release Date:

25 January 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa del tejado rojo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Superb Art-house with outstanding performance by Haru Kuroki
24 April 2016 | by FilmCuckooSee all my reviews

I had this movie earmarked for a long time, until I finally got a chance to see it today. I've seen few Yoji Yamada flicks before, to mention some of the best: "The Hidden Blade" (2004), "The Twilight Samurai" (2002) and "Love and Honour" (2006), so I had at least some idea what to expect. But this... - This movie is nothing sort of a masterpiece! In spite the fact that Yamada is one of Japan's most productive directors of all time, I still wasn't quite prepared. This movie is simply irresistibly at the same time heart breaking and heart warming, without forgetting this is pure eye candy on film. The film has only few sets outside the house, which is just appropriate, as after all, the movie is about the "little red house". However, what truly makes this film is the outstanding performance by Haru Kuroki. Watching her playing the maid is so heart warming that just watching her is enough to make grown men start crying. I mean really, she doesn't even need to deliver any lines! Mark my words, you will hear from this young actress in the future. I knew she had won the Silver Bear for best actress at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, for her performance in this film, but I had no idea the role she played was this good! While watching her playing this modest, humble and loyal maid is something you will never forget. I can't even remember when I have seen a performance by an actress the last time, that would be even close to the sheer brilliance of this role. I think I will also need to have a look at some of the Yamada's older films, to see if there is anything I have missed.

If you believe you could have an understanding and insight for Art House -films, but have never watched any before, this would work really well as an introduction to a larger world. What a simply wonderful movie!

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