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Firefly Dreams (2001)

Ichiban utsukushî natsu (original title)
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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John Williams

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John Williams
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maho Maho ... Naomi
Tsutomu Niwa Tsutomu Niwa ... Masaru
Etsuko Kimata Etsuko Kimata ... Yumi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Haruo Hanahara Haruo Hanahara ... Yumi's grandfather
Shunsuke Kabeya Shunsuke Kabeya ... Yûji
Kyoko Kanemoto Kyoko Kanemoto ... Yumi's mother
Yoshie Minami ... Mrs. Koide
Chie Miyajima Chie Miyajima ... Naomi's mother
Atsushi Ono Atsushi Ono ... Naomi's father
Ayako Satô Ayako Satô ... Tomoko
Sadayasu Yamakawa 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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Great choice of scenery!
4 September 2005 | by miss-sarah-andrea-amySee all my reviews

This film alludes the life of a brat from Nagoya, problem teenager from a dysfunctional family, to the life of a former movie actress from the 1930s who is now suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Most of the scenes are cast in the city of Shinshiro, Aichi, and the town of Horai, Aichi (which will become part of Shinshiro in October 2005), both very small cities away from the visually overwhelming Japanese urban landscape. The unstaffed and deserted train platform of the JR Iida line, a small (and an actual) hospital, the unpolluted river, waterfalls, forests and the hot spring inns are remnants of old Japan, and so are the fireflies, fireworks and a summer festival at local shrine grounds.

Director John Williams captures the beauty of rural Japan and the wide cultural gap as well as geographical contrast between the urban teenager's Nagoya (fourth largest municipality in Japan) and Koide-san's farm house up on the hill in the Oku Mikawa Highland region, while on the interpersonal and spiritual levels connecting the common elements between these two women from two different generations.


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Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

26 February 2002 (USA) See more »

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