The Great Passage 舟を編む

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Introduction

A dictionary... it sorts the words that people use to share feelings, reveals and presents the most appropriate word meanings in a useful manner.

This film is the story of an eclectic editorial department at a publisher, where the eccentric charaters strive to compile (=weave) a dictionary (=boat) to cross the dark sea of words, a story of the joy of words, the joy of life, a hymn of praise to those truly in love.

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A dictionary is a boat to cross the sea of words. By boarding this boat, people can collect the little word lights that float on the surface of that dark sea. So they can express their thoughts to others with the most appropriate and precise words.

 

The Great Passage 

舟を編む

Story

Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) is, by all accounts, a word person. Physically clumsy and socially awkward, he only truly feels at home within the rules and confines of lexicography, or when relaxing in solitude at his boarding house with his cat, Tora-san. After struggling in the sales division of the Genbu Books publishing company, he manages to land his dream job in the Dictionary Editorial Department, where he can use his talents to compile a new dictionary, called "The Great Passage." Partnering with Mitsuya are an elderly professor who is nearing retirement after devoting his life to studying the Japanese language and a callow young man who is slow to develop an appreciation for the challenging task ahead. Mitsuya's love of language, however, leaves him speechless when he meets Kaguya (Aoi Miyazaki), his landlady's granddaughter, who moves into his building and beguiles him with her obsession with cooking knives and fine cuisine. Mitsuya soon finds that the words he has studied his whole life are inadequate to express his true feelings for Kaguya. Meanwhile, complications begin piling up as the dictionary department descends into chaos. Rising Japanese director Yuya Ishii (Sawako Decides, Mitsuko Delivers) sets this gentle dramatic comedy in the 1990s, well before the Wild West attitude of Google and Wikipedia. The Great Passage is a kindhearted tribute to a time when the written word still contained an element of magic and romance.

The Great Passage 舟を編む

Story

Mitsuya Majime (Ryuhei Matsuda) is, by all accounts, a word person. Physically clumsy and socially awkward, he only truly feels at home within the rules and confines of lexicography, or when relaxing in solitude at his boarding house with his cat, Tora-san. After struggling in the sales division of the Genbu Books publishing company, he manages to land his dream job in the Dictionary Editorial Department, where he can use his talents to compile a new dictionary, called "The Great Passage." Partnering with Mitsuya are an elderly professor who is nearing retirement after devoting his life to studying the Japanese language and a callow young man who is slow to develop an appreciation for the challenging task ahead. Mitsuya's love of language, however, leaves him speechless when he meets Kaguya (Aoi Miyazaki), his landlady's granddaughter, who moves into his building and beguiles him with her obsession with cooking knives and fine cuisine. Mitsuya soon finds that the words he has studied his whole life are inadequate to express his true feelings for Kaguya. Meanwhile, complications begin piling up as the dictionary department descends into chaos. Rising Japanese director Yuya Ishii (Sawako Decides, Mitsuko Delivers) sets this gentle dramatic comedy in the 1990s, well before the Wild West attitude of Google and Wikipedia. The Great Passage is a kindhearted tribute to a time when the written word still contained an element of magic and romance.

Synopsis

Mitsuya Majime is an eccentric young man who somehow gets by in the Sales Division of the Genbu Books publishing company, until he is transferred to the Dictionary Editorial Department to take advantage of his uniques perception of the meaning of words. He joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, "The Great Passage".

He'll work with a veteran editor who is nearing retirement, an elderly professor who has devoted his life to study of the Japanese language, and a brash young man who gradually develops an appreciation for the charms of dictionary compilation. In the midst of this eclectic team, Mitsuya becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries.


Then Mitsuya has a fateful encounter with a woman. Although he is an expert with words, he is unable to find the most appropriate words to express his feelings to her. The Dictionary Editorial Department is overwhelmed with problems.
Will "The Great Passage" ever be completed? And will Mitsuya ever be able to fully express his feelings?

 

Synopsis

Mitsuya Majime is an eccentric young man who somehow gets by in the Sales Division of the Genbu Books publishing company, until he is transferred to the Dictionary Editorial Department to take advantage of his uniques perception of the meaning of words. He joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, "The Great Passage".

He'll work with a veteran editor who is nearing retirement, an elderly professor who has devoted his life to study of the Japanese language, and a brash young man who gradually develops an appreciation for the charms of dictionary compilation. In the midst of this eclectic team, Mitsuya becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries.


Then Mitsuya has a fateful encounter with a woman. Although he is an expert with words, he is unable to find the most appropriate words to express his feelings to her. The Dictionary Editorial Department is overwhelmed with problems.
Will "The Great Passage" ever be completed? And will Mitsuya ever be able to fully express his feelings?

 

Synopsis

Mitsuya Majime is an eccentric young man who somehow gets by in the Sales Division of the Genbu Books publishing company, until he is transferred to the Dictionary Editorial Department to take advantage of his uniques perception of the meaning of words. He joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, "The Great Passage".

He'll work with a veteran editor who is nearing retirement, an elderly professor who has devoted his life to study of the Japanese language, and a brash young man who gradually develops an appreciation for the charms of dictionary compilation. In the midst of this eclectic team, Mitsuya becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries.


Then Mitsuya has a fateful encounter with a woman. Although he is an expert with words, he is unable to find the most appropriate words to express his feelings to her. The Dictionary Editorial Department is overwhelmed with problems.
Will "The Great Passage" ever be completed? And will Mitsuya ever be able to fully express his feelings?