The Little House (film)

The Little House (小さいおうち, Chiisai Ouchi) is a 2014 Japanese drama film directed by Yoji Yamada and based on a novel by Kyoko Nakajima. It was released in Japan on 25 January 2014.[1]

The Little House
Original Japanese Poster.
Directed byYoji Yamada
Written byKyoko Nakajima (novel)
Yoji Yamada & Emiko Hiramatsu (screenplay)
Based onChiisai Ouchi
by Kyoko Nakajima
StarringTakako Matsu
Haru Kuroki
Hidetaka Yoshioka
Satoshi Tsumabuki
Chieko Baisho
Takataro Kataoka
Music byJoe Hisaishi
Release date
  • January 25, 2014 (2014-01-25) (Japan)
Box office¥123 million (US$1.19 million)


The film is set in the 1930s and 1940s in Japan. It is narrated from the memoirs of Taki Nunomiya as an old woman. In 1930, she left Yamagata for Tokyo as an indentured servant to work as a housemaid.



The film was in competition for the Golden Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival,[3] where Haru Kuroki won the Silver Bear for Best Actress.[4]

Two days after being released it had grossed ¥123 million (US$1.19 million) at the Japanese box office.[5]


  1. ^ 小さいおうち. (in Japanese). Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Competition Jan 15, 2014: Berlinale 2014: Competition Complete". 15 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. ^ Stephen Cremin (15 January 201). "Trio from China compete in Berlin". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  5. ^ Kevin Ma (29 January 2014). "Eternal Zero leads Japan B.O. for sixth weekend". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 29 January 2014.

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