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Very Nice Warm/Quirky Fantasy Movie
djhreg from United States
13 September 2007
A small regional jet lands at a report airport in Southern Japan,
possibly on an island. The stewardesses bow as the guests disembark and
walk across the ramp to the terminal. Gradually, the stewardesses
notice that one guest has wandered slightly off course and is kneeling
on the tarmac. When they approach him to see what is wrong, he points
out a child's shoe embedded in the concrete.
So begins a very warm and quirky fantasy movie. The rest of the movie
is a flashback to before the airport was built. The very quirky local
villagers are resisting the airport construction. A new construction
executive arrives with his young son - who is sent to the local one
room school. There are many funny and eccentric characters. Some of the
sequences are lightly surreal. The main characters are children, but a
wide spread of age ranges are portrayed as part of the community.
I saw this in Japan in a movie theater (no subtitles) Not sure if or
when it will be released on DVD, much less released outside of Japan.
One interesting aside -> for non-Japanese who are studying: for some
odd reason, I felt that the clarity and articulation of the dialog in
this movie was exceptionally good. Much better than anything you see on
For sensitive viewers: no frontal nudity, overt sex, extreme violence
or extreme profanity. However, like almost everything Japanese, there
are bawdy hints around the edges. For the Japanese, these are a normal
part of life. Some extremely conservative American viewers might be
slightly uncomfortable having to explain to their small children why
certain of the women in the movie keep lifting their skirts and
flapping their white underwear at passers by.
It was a very pleasant evening at the movies for me...
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