First edition (Japanese)
|Awards||7th Chūōkōron Prize|
In 1980, the Namiya General Store becomes popular with citizens after its owner, Yūji Namiya, accepts peoples' advice letters to seek advice for anything troubling them, similar to an agony aunt. When the store is closed, people would drop their letters through a hole in the roll-up door, collected in a mailbox, and would receive a handwritten reply from Namiya in a milk box hung outside. In 2012, three delinquents, Atsuya, Shota & Kohei, take shelter in the abandoned Namiya General Store after committing some wrongdoings. Staying until the morning, the boys' pillaging is mysteriously interrupted by an advice letter being posted, although nobody is outside. The letter is addressed to the General Store and traditionally was written by someone to consult about worries. Upon reading, the boys realise it was written in 1980, 32 years ago. When Kohei decides to reply, the mysteries and secrets of the old General Store comes to light, as their letters transcend time and space to touch a variety of characters, revealing the pasts of Namiya, and follows the many miracles that intertwine the lives of the seemingly unrelated cast.
The leader of the delinquent trio, Atsuya is an orphan who left home. He has a somewhat condescending, cold response to the letters of advice. In the movie, he becomes a nurse after the incident.
Atsuya's childhood friend and fellow orphan, he is sensitive and plays the mediator between Atsuya and Shota. Out of boredom, he triggers the story's chain of events by wholeheartedly replying to the advice letters. In the movie, he becomes a chef after the incident.
Atsuya's childhood friend and fellow orphan, he is headstrong and sometimes gets into arguments with Atsuya. In the movie, he becomes an aerospace technician after the incident.
The benevolent owner and sole manager of Namiya General Store, who take it upon himself to respond to every troubled letters of advice that comes his way. As he struggles with pancreatic cancer, he dedicates the remainder of his life to reply the letters, in hopes that he can change the course of someone's life for the better.
- Ryosuke Yamada as Atsuya
- Nijirō Murakami as Shota
- Kanichiro Sato as Kohei
- Toshiyuki Nishida as Yūji Namiya
- Machiko Ono as Harumi Tamura
- Kento Hayashi as Katsuro Matsuoka
- Riko Narumi as Akiko Minazuki
- Mugi Kadowaki as Seri
- Masato Hagiwara as Takayuki Namiya
- Kaoru Kobayashi as Takeo Matsuoka
- Rio Suzuki as young Seri
- Rio Yamashita as Mieko Kawabe
- Kazuko Yoshiyuki as Hideyo Tamura
- Panta as Yoshikazu Minazuki
- Tōru Tezuka as Mr. Kariya
- Patrick Frater (October 28, 2015). "Wanda, Emperor Set For Chinese Adaptation of 'Namiya General Store'". variety.com. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- "中央公論文芸賞受賞作品一覧". chuko.co.jp (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- "Jackie Chan is in "The Miracles of the Namiya General Store"". November 8, 2017.
- Official website (in Japanese)
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