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A couple trying to sort out their relationship find a strange woman throwing a spanner into the works (in a number of unexpected ways) in this drama from Japan. Katsuhiro (Seiichi Tanabe) is a engineer who has personally come to terms with the fact that he's gay, but he lacks the courage to come out to his parents. Katsuhiro meets Naoya (Kazuya Takahashi), a fellow who works in a pet shop and hasn't had much like finding a boyfriend on the club circuit. Katsuhiro and Naoya hit it off, and it looks like they're on their way to a mutually satisfying relationship -- or at least they are until Katsuhiro meets Asako (Reiko Kataoka), a young woman with a checkered romantic past and a fragile emotional nature. Asako has decided she wants to have a child, but she's not involved with anyone at the moment; after encountering Katsuhiro, she decides he has the qualities she's looking for in a father, and asks him to help her get pregnant. Katsuhiro isn't sure this is a good idea, while Naoya is very much against it, but Asako is insistent, and as the two men debate the issue, Katsuhiro for the first time receives acknowledgement that his family is aware of his sexual preference when they tell him that cooperating with Asako would be a bad idea -- though they're not so thrilled with Naoya either. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ryosuke Hashiguchi, Hush! was screened as part of the Directors' Fortnight at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for Hush!

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

  • Starts promisingly but disintegrates into a dreary, humorless soap opera.

    Apr 25, 2003 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Although the editing might have been tighter, Hush! sympathetically captures the often futile lifestyle of young people in modern Japan.

    Nov 8, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • If the incidents are piled on one another without adding up to much, they provide telling social details.

    Nov 7, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • Hashiguchi covers this territory with wit and originality, suggesting that with his fourth feature -- the first to be released in the U.S. -- a major director is emerging in world cinema.

    Nov 7, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Hashiguchi uses the situation to evoke a Japan bustling atop an undercurrent of loneliness and isolation.

    Nov 7, 2002
  • A feel-good movie that doesn't give you enough to feel good about.

    Nov 6, 2002 | Rating: C

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