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  • Summary: Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda), a shy, eccentric young man, joins the Dictionary Editorial Department to help compile a new dictionary, "The Great Passage." Gradually, Mitsuya comes out of his shell while working with Masashi Nishioka (Joe Odagiri) and falling for Kaguya Hayashi (Aoi Miyazaki), the granddaughter of his landlady. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Director Yuya Ishii, working off a gentle, finely textured script by Kensaku Watanabe (adapted from the novel by Shiwon Miura) takes his time telling this warm story of the 15-year creation of a definitive print dictionary, but it's a worthy journey.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Director Yuya Ishii takes a considerable step forward in terms of budget and ambition with this simple, sometimes sentimental yet wise and full-bodied comedy-drama, which movingly testifies to the ways in which dedication, focus and an extreme attention to detail can achieve something of lasting value.
  3. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 19, 2013
    70
    A compelling portrait of Japan's stagnant economy and its disheartening effect on younger workers.
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