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The Whispering Star

Hiso hiso boshi
Japan 2015, 100’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Sion Sono
screenplay: Sion Sono
cinematography: Hideo Yamamoto
editing: Junichi Ito
music: Hajime Komiya
cast: Megumi Kagurazaka, Kenji Endo, Yuto Ikeda, Kouko Mori
producer: Takeshi Suzuki, Izumi Sono, Sion Sono
production: Sion Production
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Toronto IFF 2015 - NETPAC Award; Rome FF 2015; Tokyo FILMeX 2015; Rotterdam IFF 2016; Hong Kong IFF 2016

Film description

Humanity has been decimated by an unnamed disaster. The forlorn cities are still and quiet, almost like the interstellar spaces traveled by the android courier, Yoko Suzuki, as she delivers packages to the last recipients scattered around the universe.

This time, Sion Sono, beloved by audiences worldwide for his panache in using radical stylistics, drastic narrations, and cross-genre madness, sends us - literally - to a whole different planet. Black and white shots, scarce dialogs, contemplation of details, a discreet humor and a subtle narration, with its emotional weight played out in the shades, understatements, the sound of water dripping down from the tap - associations with "Alphaville" or "Stalker" are not a coincidence. Yet the director does not get stuck in the existential speculations, introducing discreet humor and playing with the convention of raw science-fiction - technology is one thing, but preparing green tea and dusting the tatami mats cannot be forgotten. Despite many human reactions, Yoko is still a robot and she approaches her mission pragmatically, watching the post apocalyptic world with (curious) distance.

In "Whispering Star," the director returns to the script he wrote 25 years ago - he claims it is one of his most important and most personal projects. The film was shot partly in the Fukushima region, with the inhabitants of the prefecture, affected by the 2011 catastrophe, acting as extras. According to the tradition rooted in the history of world cinema, Sono employs the science-fiction convention to talk about the present. He also proves that he can be the master of the extravagant extreme, at the same time perfectly using the lyricism.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Sion Sono

Born in 1961. Poet, performer, filmmaker, painter, musician. One of the most influential among independent Japanese filmmakers, regularly invited to international festivals, renown for his radical artistic vision, the ability to combine shocking form with apt social critique, and a non-compromising film language.

Selected filmography:

1985 Jestem Sion Sono! / Ore wa Sono Sion da!! / I Am Sion Sono!

2001 Jisatsu sakuru / Suicide Club

2008 Miłość obnażona / Ai no mukidashi / Love Exposure

2010 Tsumetai nettaigyo / Cold Fish

2013 Zabawmy się w piekle / Jigoku de naze warui / Why Don't You Play in Hell

2014 Tokyo Toraibu / Tokyo Tribe

2015 Love & Peace

2015 Shinjuku suwan / Shinjuku Swan Kabukicho Skauto Sabaibaru

2015 Riaru onigokko / Tag

2015 Gwiazda szeptów / Hiso hiso boshi / The Whispering Star

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