Sawako Decides is a 2009 Japanese comedy-drama film directed by Yuya Ishii. It premiered in Tokyo at the PIA Film Festival in 2009 and at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, where the film won the Best Feature Film and Best Actress awards. This movie was also shown at the 35d Shinsedai Cinema Festival last summer (2011) at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) in Toronto.
The film stars Hikari Mitsushima (Death Note, Love Exposure) as Sawako who has gone through five different part-time jobs and boyfriends for the past five years in Tokyo. One day, her uncle asks her to return to her hometown to take over the clam processing family business after her father falls ill. Her boyfriend and his daughter come along with her (later, her boyfriend returns to Tokyo and leaves his daughter with him). This movie is very funny in an under-stated and ironic manner – just looking at the DVD cover above with Sawako singing the company anthem with the rest of her co-workers in their all-white clam suits makes me chuckle 🙂