Natsumi no Hotaru   2016   Japan Natsumi's Firefly
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Director:Ryuichi Hiroki
Writer:Akio Morisawa, Shô Kataoka, Takehiko Minato
IMDb Rating:6.2 (8 votes)
Duration:108 min
Ryuichi Hiroki  ...  (Director)
Akio Morisawa, Shô Kataoka, Takehiko Minato  ...  (Writer)
Kasumi Arimura  ...  Natsumi
Asuka Kudô  ...  Shingo
Yasushi Fuchikami  ...  Tadao
Nijirô Murakami  ...  Kimihide
Yûko Nakamura  ...  Miyako
Kaoru Kobayashi  ...  Sakakiyama, Ungets
Ken Mitsuishi  ...  Keizo
Kazuko Yoshiyuki  ...  Yasu
Comments: I lost it at "Natsumi. Your dad ... he loved you"

This is the sappy Hiroki. He's good at it but this one didn't move me. Girl moves to the countryside, communes with locals, becomes a better person. Kasumi Arimura is okay but not anywhere near the grade-A Hiroki leading lady material we expect and deserve; other characters are just other characters. A couple gruffy old men. Meh.

Nice location, photography, soundtrack as per Hiroki. It cracks me up how He shoots intimate conversations from 30 meters away.

Summary: Natsumi (Kasumi Arimura) wants to become a photographer. She takes a bike which her late father left behind and goes to a forest to find a firefly she saw with her father. In the forest, Natsumi meets old mother Yasu and old son Jizo. They run a general store. Natsumi learns how to live in nature from them. She has happy summer days there. One day, Jizo tells her that he became estranged from his son in the past.

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