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The Whispering Star truly solidifies Sion Sono as one of the greatest filmmakers working in the world today. This low budget sci-fi-art-house film is the first feature from Sion Productions, the directors own production company and is based on a script he wrote 25 years ago. Whispering Star is probably the directors most abstract work and will definitely divide audiences. The only real actor in the film is incredible Megumi Kagurazaka, the dialogue is spoken only in whispers and it mostly takes place on a spaceship that looks like a Japanese house and the ruins of Fukashima, which double as barren planets. That being said, this is definitely the most visually beautiful film of Sono's career and is probably the most beautifully filmed movie of 2015. Masterfully shot in stunning black & white (except for one gorgeous scene), the film's cinematography is truly amazing. The spaceship flying through the galaxy, the devastated landscapes of the planets she visits and the nature that survived will stay in your memory for a long time after viewing. Without giving anything away, the film deals with the subject of loneliness and how everybody and everything truly needs somebody or something in order to feel alive. Even if it's far away, just knowing that person is out there is enough to make your survive.
The reviews of this film will definitely be split. Some will love it, some will hate it, it will mean something different for every viewer, just don't go into it expecting anything like the directors most recent works. This film is something else entirely, and that is why Mr.Sono is one of the best directors in the world today. As his output goes into hyper-drive, he becomes even harder to pin down.
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