as Yoko Kurita
as Shoji Kurita
as Emi Nagata
as Mr. Fujikura, Ayako's Father
as Mrs. Tadokoro
as Swimming Instructor
Critic Reviews for Hush!
Starts promisingly but disintegrates into a dreary, humorless soap opera.
Although the editing might have been tighter, Hush! sympathetically captures the often futile lifestyle of young people in modern Japan.
If the incidents are piled on one another without adding up to much, they provide telling social details.
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.
Hashiguchi uses the situation to evoke a Japan bustling atop an undercurrent of loneliness and isolation.
A feel-good movie that doesn't give you enough to feel good about.
Audience Reviews for Hush!
Apart from Japanese cultural tension, it was interesting to feel the intimate thickness between Katsuhiro and Naoya (two male lovers) as they try to cope with their relationship and childhood baggage. As if this wasn't challenging enough, along comes Asako, a girl who wants them to father her child. It reminds me a bit of Okoge in ways, but is actually darker in mood. (Must be Yoko, the psycho, female coworker who is stalking one of them.) It pained me to no end to see them all suffering.. there were so many instances where a character needed a simple hug to make it all better and no one gave it to them! A simple hug. Again, should I chalk this up to culture? The movie is acted and shot well. The affection between the characters is more than convincing. It definitely feels like a slice of real life with a slight twist.
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