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Moonlight Whispers (1999)

Gekkô no sasayaki (original title)
Two seemingly innocent school kids are obsessed in fetishistic s&m games.


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Credited cast:
Kenji Mizuhashi ...
Takuya Hidaka
Tsugumi ...
Satsuki Kitahara
Kôta Kusano ...
Tadashi Uematsu
Harumi Inoue ...
Shizuka Kitahara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shino Aizawa
Chika Fujimura ...
Satsuki's Friend
Ako Kawakami
Kei Marimura
Yoshiki Sekino ...
Kiriko Shimizu
Sachiko Shinozaki
Hideaki Yamaura


An offbeat study of the adult games that men and women play filtered through the actions of two seemingly innocent Japanese school kids, Satsuki and Takuya, two 17-year-olds who first meet practising kendo but later fall head over heels in love. They then discover the ways they can most exuberantly express their love for one another, no matter how perverse. It all starts with Takuya stealing Satsuki's belongings like socks, secretly photographing her beautiful legs, and... When Satsuki discovers this, she takes revenge by dominating him and forcing him to watch her having sex with a schoolmate... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Takuya wants to be Satsuki's dog. Satsuki likes to see Takuya cry. Love hurts.


Drama | Romance

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Rated R for aberrant sexual behavior | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

23 December 2000 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Moonlight Whispers  »

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1.85 : 1
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One of those films that could only have come from Japan
6 June 2011 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Gekkõ no sasayaki it's one of those films that could have only come from Japan. It's a psycho-sexual drama about two young teenagers who start dating. Their relationship begins innocently enough but when Satsuki(girl) learns that Takuya (boy) is into sadomasochism she labels him as pervert and leaves him. However, Takuya keeps pursuing Satsuki and as time passes by, Satsuki is drawn back by the power Takuya's fetishes give her over him.

This is definitely one of those subjects that Hollywood wouldn't try to tackle, at least not with the subtlety that is so often seen in Asian films. And don't take me wrong, it's subtle but it's also extremely powerful. it's just that everything arises from character development and interaction and not from gimmicks.

The plot is well thought out and the acting was pretty good. I just wish the director had explored Takuya's reasons and motives a little more and also a bit more focus on Satsuki's inner conflict (Her enjoying the s&m games but at the same time feeling it's wrong). Still, it's a good film and probably worth checking if you like Asian cinema.


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