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The Best Bad Thing (1997)

05/05/1997 (JP) DramaFamily 1h 29m
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After her husband's death, Mrs. Hata desperately needs help on her cucumber farm. Rinko' mother wants her to spend the summer helping Mrs. Hata, her life-long friend. But 12-year-old Rinko sees Mrs. Hata's traditional Japanese ways as being backward and "crazy." When she gives in to her mother's request, she discovers Mrs. Hata is kind and courageous, fighting to save her farm. Before summer ends, RInko comes to appreciate and defend "crazy" Mrs. Hata.

  1. Peter Rowe

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Lana McKissack

    Lana McKissack


  2. Michel Perron

    Michel Perron


  3. Robert Ito

    Robert Ito

    Mr. Tsujimura

  4. Kirin Kiki

    Kirin Kiki

    Aunt Hata

  5. George Takei

    George Takei

    Mr. Yamanaka

  6. Kitao Sakurai

    Kitao Sakurai

    Zenny Hata

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Status Released

Original Language English

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