The Whispering Star (Hisohisoboshi,ひそひそ星)



[ Directed by ]
KOIZUMI Norihiro
[ Produced by ]
[ Cast ]
• AOI Yu Rin
• SUZUKI Kyoka Kanade
• TAKEUCHI Yuko Kaoru
• TANAKA Rena Midori
• NAKAMA Yukie Sato
• HIROSUE Ryoko Kei
[ Staff ]
• Senior Executive Producer: ONUKI Takuya
• Screenplay: FUJIMOTO Amane
• Screenplay: MIURA Uiko
• Cinematography: HIROKAWA Taishi
• Music: ASAKAWA Tomoyuki
• Production Design: YAMAGUCHI Shu
[ Production Company ]
ADK, ROBOT, TOHO, SHOGAKUKAN, Shiseido, NTV, YTV, The Yomiuri Shimbun, KDDI
[ Distributor (Japan) ]

Release Date: June 12, 2010
Running Time: 109 min
Genre: Drama, Children/Family, Feature
Color: Color
Screening Format: 35mm
Screen Size: American Vista (1:1.85)
Sound Processing: Dolby Digital
[ Story ]
A lyrical human drama that reunites six top actresses who co-starred in a shampoo commercial. The ways of life of six individuals from three different generations are shown over the grand course of the 20th century. World-class creative director of commercials Onuki Takuya is involved in the film’s design and is the production supervisor. The feel of each era is represented by recreating the cinematic look of films from each respective time, which makes for a truly memorable viewing experience. In 1936, rebelling against the marriage decided by her parents, Rin (Aoi Yu) runs away from home in her wedding gown. Years later, in the 1960s, her three daughters, including Kaoru (Takeuchi Yuko), live resolutely through Japan’s period of rapid economic growth.
[ Official Site ]

Six portraits of women linked by a bond of kinship through three generations from the 30s to today. Rin (Aoi Y ū ) suffers the imposition of a typical arranged marriage. After an initial attempt at rebellion, he will accept and good Japanese wife will devote to the family, giving birth to three daughters: Kaoru (Takeuchi Y ¾ ko), who loses her husband at the beginning of the marriage and spends his life alone; Midori (Rena Tanaka), a woman devoted to his work and career in the ’60s that is being confused by an unexpected marriage proposal; Satou (Yukie Nakama) a mother who in the 70’s will have two daughters: Kanna (Suzuki Ky ō ka) and Kei (Hirosue Ry ō ko). In the twenty-first century, Kanna is troubled by the decision whether or not to become a single mother.
Each period is reconstructed as it was represented in films and television dramas of the time, even if the results are not always convincing. The “flowers” are obviously the six women, who recall the ya mato nadeshiko , that is the ideal Japanese woman of beauty and domestic virtues. At the same time they are also an anthology of today’s Japanese actresses, with significant differences between the one and the other: Suzuki Ky ō ka is superb both as woman and as an actress Aoi Y ū combines the evolution of his teenage beauty growth as an actress; Rena Tanaka is nice and perky; Nakama Yukie (with a new cut of hair style 70 years) and Takeuchi Y ¾ ko are very beautiful but not particularly expressive as actresses; Hirosue Ry ō ko no special attractions on either sides.
Having said all this, the film does not take, the various portraits are isolated from each other and within them pretty puny. A nice idea is not developed properly. The director Norihiro Koizumi made his debut with Taiy ō no uta , a classic onamidach ō by , moreover, dealt with skill, and then signed the most curious Gachi Bo y, winner in Udine in 2008.
[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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