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A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007)

Tennen kokekkô (original title)
When eighth grade cool guy Hiromi transfers from Tokyo to a small elementary/middle school with only six kids enrolled, wholesome and honest Soyo becomes enthralled with his sophisticated world.


Nobuhiro Yamashita


Fusako Kuramochi (comic), Aya Watanabe (screenplay)
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Kaho Kaho ... Soyo Migita
Masaki Okada ... Hiromi Osawa
Elisa Yanagi Elisa Yanagi ... Ibuki Taura (as Erisa Yanagi)
Shôko Fujimura Shôko Fujimura ... Atsuko Yamabe
Yui Natsukawa ... Itoko Migita
Kôichi Satô ... Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hiromasa Hirosue Hiromasa Hirosue
Syougo Morishita Syougo Morishita ... Kotaro


Set against the backdrop of Japan's scenic countryside, director Nobuhiro Yamashita's tale of adolescent love avoids the tear-jerking and virulent social commentary of many first-love stories in telling the tale of a rural schoolgirl smitten by a handsome new arrival from Tokyo. Soyo Migita (Kaho) is one of six students in her combined primary and junior school. A senior pupil who is currently in her second year of junior high, Soyo is the tallest girl in school and views her fellow students as an extended family. When Soyo's place at the top her class is challenged by the arrival of former city boy Hriomi Osawa (Masaki Okada), the starry eyed schoolgirl finds the butterflies in her stomach making her clumsy and vulnerable. There's no ignoring that strange new feeling beginning to grow in Soyo's heart, and as the call of first love and the onset of maturity becomes too powerful to resist, just the thought of holding hands with the likable new arrival is enough to make her blush. Based... Written by Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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A film about the lives of a group of children in a small village.
15 September 2007 | by cleoshadowSee all my reviews

A Gentle Breeze in the Village (Tennen kokekko) is by far one of the most beautiful films I've seen in recent years. It's not about superheroes or villains, the famous or the rich, wars or parties. It's about life. That is what I love about this film. It's a reminder of the simple pleasures of life that should never be forgotten.

The young actors have such good chemistry and the settings are stunning. The film in all has a light hearted humor that makes it a joy to watch.

Hence, I'm giving this movie a 10/10 for being the best film I've seen all year, and hopefully everyone else who sees this film will agree with me.

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Release Date:

24 July 2008 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Shimane, Japan


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1.85 : 1
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