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Seiji Fukushi ...
Saito Satoshi
Jun Inoue ...
Kobashi Fumiyo
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Saito Rie
Kenjirô Nashimoto ...
Saito Shiro
Takashi Sasano ...
Segawa Kozo
Yoshiko Tanaka ...
Saito Emiko
Satomi Tezuka ...
Nagai Kyoko
Naho Toda ...
Kawaharu Miharu
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10 January 2010 (Japan)  »

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Hitsudan Hostess  »

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Fictional dramatization about a real person
13 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a nice to watch "feel good" movie about the trials and success of a girl that was deaf from around age two. I watched this when it first came out, and there was a lot of press coverage in the Japanese press - a lot of it negative, mainly for it's glamorous portrayal of the Japanese hostess club scene.

Unfortunately, the key word here is that quite a bit of the movie is pure fiction, and it ignores or glosses over a lot of the less savory parts of her story. Somewhat interesting for it's view into the super-expensive Ginza Mizu Shobai world, but it only portrays the glamor and little or none of the dark side.

"Hitsodan" refers to written communications, in this case written notes, and is a key part of the story and movie. However, according to nearly all Japanese press reports that is largely fictional. While you have to give kudos to anyone that could get that far with that handicap, the movie itself should be taken as entertainment, not fact.


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