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Moonlight Whispers (1999)

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

Director:

Akihiko Shiota
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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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school | socks | schoolmate | s&m | revenge | See All (95) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for aberrant sexual behavior | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Viz Films

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 December 2000 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Moonlight Whispers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Wonderful Coming of Age story
9 September 2001 | by tommygSee all my reviews

Well, I just saw my first Japanese film [Sasayaki (2000) USA] that showed Japan just as I viewed it last year - the landscape, the city, country, rice patties, trains, canned soda dispeners and the natural hot spa. In essence, a motion visual that in one or more of the 1200 digital images that I captured, had an equivalent that my eye saw as meaningful to my CY2000 trip. I even went to a local high school and took pictures of a martial arts training of local youth in southern Japan.

The only thing missing from my trip was the basic content of this film - its story.

This is a coming of age story with a tinge of Japanese politeness and tradition in social introduction, just skewed by a few years in time backwards to the American experience - perhaps into the 60's when sex during high school was the daring thing to do and then talk or brag about.

As a coming of age story, the script and acting maintains a balance of innocence and exploration as the theme dances around sadomasochism in an increasing eddy that entraps the next experience.

The beauty of this film is its innocence and its honesty in portraying the boundaries of sexual experience and an obsession that can bind innocence into something more permanent outside of those first sexual experiences and beginnings.

It is not a fearful film to watch, but simply a difficult film to describe without creating fear in its next, potential viewer. As the film ends, there is still an essence of innocence and beauty and love between the boy and girl.


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