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112 Ratings



Directed by Momoko Andô
Japan, 2014


Sawa Yamagishi worked as a nursing-care helper. The family for an old man asked Sawa to sleep with him, which led her to lose her job. Now, she has nowhere to go. Sawa finds elderly people in trouble and gets involved in their lives. Meeting them, Sawa’s own wounds start to heal.

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0.5mm Directed by Momoko Andô

Awards & Festivals

Kinema Junpo Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Actress

Awards of the Japanese Academy

2015 | Nominee: Best Actress

Critics reviews

While episodic in its structure based around the people she meets, the film has poignant and emotional moments, which help characterize the character as both devilish and saintly.
July 15, 2016
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This delightful sophomore feature was the highlight of the 2015 Udine Far East Film Festival. Young Japanese director Ando directs her sister, Sakura Ando in a brilliant performance as a young Japanese woman on the economic and sexual margins of society… The film takes its time, almost 200 minutes, but it’s Ando’s careful accumulation of details that gives 0.5mm its considerable life force, complexity, and emotional power.
January 14, 2016
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Sakura Ando is wickedly deadpan… and she’s irresistible when she coerces or coaxes them out of antisocial behavior in a polite, impersonal voice, seeming to see through all their pretenses. The actress’s consummate control is made apparent when she releases all her clenched emotions while silently listening to a cassette recording, in a pivotal scene that expresses the film’s underlying theme of social activism through individual effort.
June 09, 2015
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