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Ichiban utsukushî natsu (2001)

Naomi (Maho Ukai), is a spoiled teenager from Nagoya whose parents send her off to the country for the summer to work at her aunt's inn. After being asked to care for Mrs. Koide (Yoshie ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Maho ...
Naomi
Tsutomu Niwa ...
Masaru
Etsuko Kimata ...
Yumi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haruo Hanahara ...
Yumi's grandfather
Shunsuke Kabeya ...
Yûji
Kyoko Kanemoto ...
Yumi's mother
Yoshie Minami ...
Mrs. Koide
Chie Miyajima ...
Naomi's mother
Atsushi Ono ...
Naomi's father
Ayako Satô ...
Tomoko
Sadayasu Yamakawa ...
Yumi's father
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Naomi (Maho Ukai), is a spoiled teenager from Nagoya whose parents send her off to the country for the summer to work at her aunt's inn. After being asked to care for Mrs. Koide (Yoshie Minami), an aging relative with Alzheimer's disease, Naomi developes an extraordinary friendship with the older woman that changes her perspective on life. Written by ElDeeAgain

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G-rated Visitor Q
30 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Firefly Dreams is basically a nice story about returning to traditional values in the face of the ugliness and shallowness of urban life. Packed off to relatives in the countryside by her parents, a young woman develops a variety of friendships - in particular one with an elderly woman who, it seems, has had an interesting past - and discovers herself in the process. What sets this film apart from others in the genre is the degree of understatement that pervades it. Events occur off camera and connections between events are made, but there is refreshingly little explication, leaving viewers to think for themselves. I would not call Firefly Dreams a masterpiece; the story is fairly predictable and simplistic, the characters are pretty generic, and the cinematography is unchallenging. But it is a nice film and leaves some tantalizing questions to mull over even as you return the DVD to the store.


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