The Whispering Star

The Whispering Star
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  • ひそひそ星
    Hiso hiso boshi
  • Japan 2015, DCP, 101 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 0 or older
  • Director & Script: Sion SONO
  • Production: Sion Production
  • Camera: Hideo YAMAMOTO
  • Film copy: Nikkatsu
  • Rights: Rapid Eye Movies
  • Cast: Megumi KAGURAZAKA, Kenji ENDO, Yuto IKEDA, Koko MORI

Yoko is an android delivering interstellar packages. She doesn’t have many opportunities for conversation, but wonders what kind of peculiar creatures those humans are. The film was shot mainly in the evacuation zones around Fukushima, with the participation of many local amateur actors. Showing another side of his talent, Sion SONO’s experimental sci­fi parable is still highly expressive and unique.

Director Bio
Sion SONO, born in Aichi Prefecture in 1961, began his artistic career as a poet. After experimenting with 8mm film during his studies at Hosei University, he won 1987 the Grand Prize at PIA Film Festival for his film A MAN’S HANAMICHI. His international rise to fame came with LOVE EXPOSURE (2008). Since then he has won numerous awards. NIPPON CONNECTION dedicated a retrospective to his work in 2011.

Filmography (selection)
1990 Bicycle Sighs (Jitensha toiki / NC ’11); 1998 Dankon: The Man (NC ’11); 2002 Suicide Club (Jisatsu circle); 2008 Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi / NC ’09); 2012 The Land of Hope (Kibo no kuni / NC ’13); 2013 Why Don’t You Play in Hell (Jigoku de naze warui / NC ’14); 2014 Tokyo Tribe

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