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A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007)

Tennen kokekkô (original title)
When eighth grade cool guy Hiromi transfers from Tokyo to a small elementary/middle school with only six kids enrolled, wholesome and honest Soyo becomes enthralled with his sophisticated world.

Director:

Nobuhiro Yamashita

Writers:

Fusako Kuramochi (comic), Aya Watanabe (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kaho Kaho ... Soyo Migita
Masaki Okada ... Hiromi Osawa
Elisa Yanagi Elisa Yanagi ... Ibuki Taura (as Erisa Yanagi)
Shôko Fujimura Shôko Fujimura ... Atsuko Yamabe
Yui Natsukawa ... Itoko Migita
Kôichi Satô ... Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiromasa Hirosue Hiromasa Hirosue
Syougo Morishita Syougo Morishita ... Kotaro
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Storyline

Set against the backdrop of Japan's scenic countryside, director Nobuhiro Yamashita's tale of adolescent love avoids the tear-jerking and virulent social commentary of many first-love stories in telling the tale of a rural schoolgirl smitten by a handsome new arrival from Tokyo. Soyo Migita (Kaho) is one of six students in her combined primary and junior school. A senior pupil who is currently in her second year of junior high, Soyo is the tallest girl in school and views her fellow students as an extended family. When Soyo's place at the top her class is challenged by the arrival of former city boy Hriomi Osawa (Masaki Okada), the starry eyed schoolgirl finds the butterflies in her stomach making her clumsy and vulnerable. There's no ignoring that strange new feeling beginning to grow in Soyo's heart, and as the call of first love and the onset of maturity becomes too powerful to resist, just the thought of holding hands with the likable new arrival is enough to make her blush. Based... Written by Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Genres:

Drama

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Official Sites:

Asmik Ace [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

24 July 2008 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

A Gentle Breeze in the Village See more »

Filming Locations:

Shimane, Japan

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,193
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Adorable, (less is more) film-making.
27 March 2008 | by Darkangel2See all my reviews

This film takes you back to the basics of life. It re-teaches one the values of friendship through the simplicities of serene country living.

The small country village where the film takes place is very charming. It has a school that has only 7 students, and they are almost all in different years.

When a new boy comes to the village he is welcomed with love from the children, and the eldest of the group 'Soyo' is simply captivating in her curiosity towards 'Hiromi'; the handsome boy from Tokyo. Soyo struggles to find a balance between the excitement of falling in love for the first time, and holding on to her precious connection with her village and the other children.

This is a very uplifting film, and the characters make it so. It's a graceful, heartwarming and inspiringly told story, and those who find themselves sometimes wishing for 'a simple life' should enjoy it just as much as I did.


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