Tennen Kokekk˘ (A Gentle Breeze in the Village) Reviews
Kaho is quite brilliant as the innocent Soyo, a person not being able to express her feelings properly. She was perfect for the role, charming and so likeable. The chemistry between all of the kids is wonderful to watch, they're like a small extended family due to the place where they live being a small knit community. You'll be stunned at the breathtaking countryside scenery that's shown to you. A kind of place perhaps you wished you could live there yourself.....well I did anyway! For those of you thinking that running a school with so little pupils is a bit far fetched, the truth is these kind of places do exist in Japan. I was instantly drawn to the story and the characters. You can relate to them. I don't think the sideplot about Soyo's father and Osawa's mother (they seem to have had a relationship in the past) was really necessary and only distracted you from the main story. I knew I'd like this movie instantly when I realised that the director Nobuhiro Yamashita had also made the awesome Linda, Linda, Linda.
I can see some people tagging this movie as being too slow and boring but I'm a kind of person that loves these kind of heartwarming movies. It was such an absolute pleasure to watch.
There's a lot of things I want to say about Tennen Kokekko, but if I try it'll probably all come out wrong. This is the kind of movie that makes me happy and depressed at the same time. It's a replacement for nostalgia missing in my own life.
This is the very definition of "slice-of-life." It has even less of a plot than Linda Linda Linda. There is, really, no plot at all. There are few characters and the dialog is for the most part inconsequential. These are all reasons why I love it, but they also make it probably the least approachable "warm and fuzzy" flick I've ever seen. So, warning there.
Make sure you watch through the credits.
It needed to end sooner but still not bad.