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This movie is based on the novel written by novelist Kenzo Ooe in 1990 about his family. His brother in law Jyuzo Itami turned it into a movie in 1995.
This movie is arranged so that it's seen from the eyes of Ooe's daughter Maa-chan (Hinako Saeki) about her mentally retarded brother Iiyo (Tokuro Watabe). It's also one of the very few movie that director Itami made that wasn't starred by Nobuko Miyamoto. Miyamoto takes the supporting role as the wife of Mr. Dando.
Iiyo was the first born of Ooe's family. But he was mentally handicapped from birth. Iiyo grew up in a cultural family, and heard many records containing music, and call of birds. One day when Ooe and his family was traveling to forests of Nagano, he hears Iiyo accurately naming the name of the bird that made the call. Iiyo never spoke a word up to that point. Iiyo's mental development continued from that day forward to the point where he can compose his own song. With the support of Maa-chan, Iiyo continues to develop his ability.
This is a story that shows great love of the family to each other, and also shows how indebted we are for our personal growth from the members of our family.
This movie shows the beauty of life from perspective of sister and brother. You need to see it to see how beautiful life is when there is love.
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