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
A film about the lives of a group of children in a small village.
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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