Sachi, Yoshino and Chika are three sisters living together in the house of their grandmother's in Kamakura. All respectable working women who are facing a family tragedy. They also have a 13-year-old half sister named Suzu with whom they share a father, but after his passing they re-unite in Yamagata for his funeral. Suzu is left with her stepmother, her real mother having previously died, but she gets the chance to stay with her family when Sachi offers her a place to stay in Kamakura, turning the sister trio into a quad. Suzu wastes no time in agreeing to this proposition, even if it means leaving her friends in junior high school.
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"Non-Stop" opens with a simple but masterful scene that pumps the film full of instant tension without a word of dialogue or a single note of music on the soundtrack.
The scene begins in a Tokyo bank, focused on a quiet patron trying to be inconspicuous, sporting a baseball cap, sunglasses and a duffel bag. He keeps checking his watch. After two minutes he walks up to the counter and stands for another minute. Without any transaction taking place, he heads for the door and checks his watch again. It's clear soon enough that he's doing a dry run for a daring daylight heist.
Then the film cuts to a shot of this mysterious would-be robber's real life -- as a kowtowing kitchen peon in a restaurant, where he's consistently berated by the chefs and pretty much everyone else.
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