7.2/10
83
3 user 1 critic

Fireflies: River of Light (2003)

Hotaru no hoshi (original title)
This is a story that shows the potential dreams and teaches kids to never give up

Director:

Writers:

, (original story)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process.

Director: Yuki Tanada
Stars: Yû Aoi, Mirai Moriyama, Pierre Taki
Han Gong-ju (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Han Gong-Ju transfers to a new school to escape her past. It takes a long time for hers troubled past to catch up with her, but when it does the revelation is devastating.

Director: Su-jin Lee
Stars: Woo-hee Chun, In-seon Jeong, So-Young Kim
Only a Coffin (1967)
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A doctor invites his relatives to his castle, all the while planning to murder them when they arrive. However, when he himself is found murdered, the relatives know they have to find the ... See full summary »

Director: Santos Alcocer
Stars: Howard Vernon, Danielle Godet, María Saavedra
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi
Stars: Jô Shishido, Nagisa Katahira, Shingo Yamamoto
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The movie is about the celebrated trial of Olga Duvovich, very beautiful woman accused of killing her husband, a wealthy financier. Both the defense and the prosecution have large ... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Anita Ekberg, Claudio Gora, Fred Clark
Short | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A beautiful vampire-girl works as a prostitute on the famous Augusta Street (in São Paulo, Brazil), because it's an easy way to get food. But suddenly her path intersects with another ... See full summary »

Directors: Geisla Fernandes, Felipe M. Guerra
Stars: Monica Mattos, Henrique Zanoni, Daniela Monteiro
Golova (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

(1959) Horst Frank, Michel Simon, Paul Dahlke. A must-see film! A serum that keeps severed portions of the human body alive is used by a mand doctor on its own inventors decapitated head. ... See full summary »

Director: Svetlana Baskova
Stars: Denis Geymur, Danila Konstantinov, Leonid Mashinskiy
Poseidon Rex (2013)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet's distant past when deep sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil.

Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: Brian Krause, Anne McDaniels, Steven Helmkamp
Rage of Honor (1987)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A Japanese cop, Shiro, and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Shiro follows the murderer, a sadistic drug lord, up to Singapore.

Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Shô Kosugi, Lewis Van Bergen, Robin Evans
Moonlight Boy (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Wei-yen Yu
Stars: Te-Chien Hou, Elaine Jin, Yuan-chi Lu
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  
Director: Jan Mohammed
Stars: Muzaffar Adeeb, Geetha Kumarasinghe, Mustafa Qureshi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Shiwa, the son of a poor Chinese farmer, is doing well at school. But when his mother dies and his sister leaves the house, he's the only one left to take care of his disabled father.

Director: Youchao Zhou
Stars: Jiang Hualin, Danchen Yan, Qiang Zhao
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Hajime Miwa
Risako Sugaya ...
Hikari Hoshi
...
Mr. Takiguchi
Mirai Yamamoto ...
Ms. Nanami
Nobuo Yana ...
Tanaka-san
...
Headmistress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takuya Asada
Moeko Ezawa
Toshiyuki Kitami
Yukimi Koyanagi
Yurina Kumai
Hitomi Nakahara
Takashi Sasano
Makoto Satô
Edit

Storyline

This is a story that shows the potential dreams and teaches kids to never give up

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 June 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Fireflies: River of Light  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hotaru no Hoshi is a warm story about a young teacher who fights against Japan's regimented school system, and in doing so earns the respect of his students
18 December 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

"Hotaru no Hoshi" is quite a wonderful film. It is a warm story about a young teacher who has some good ideas about teaching, but he finds himself up against Japan's regimented and conservative school system.

As a class project he decides to raise Hotaru (fireflies). Through the project his students become united and end up cleaning up a local river so the fireflies will have a home.

Hiroshi Sugawara who directed this film was offered a part in "The Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise. He rejected the part to make this film. When he approached people to get the film made, they asked him if it had a love interest, he answered that the only love scenes were the fireflies. They asked if there was any action, to which he answered there was no action. They then asked, how long would it take to make and his answer was he needed 12 months so he could capture all the seasons. They thought he was crazy but thankfully someone saw the potential and the film was made.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Fireflies: River of Light (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?