DIRECTED, WRITTEN AND EDITED BY JOHN WILLIAMS
PRODUCED BY 100 METER FILMS, JAPAN
http://www.100meterfilms.com/firefly/ DVD, 119 MINUTES, COLOR, 2000
JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLE
The first problem that confronts a reviewer considering John William’s Firefly Dreams is one of classification. Filmed in Japan with a native cast, it is unquestionably a product of the Japanese cinematic world. Yet director Williams is a transplanted Englishman residing in Japan. However, no matter how one labels it, Firefly Dreams (Japanese title, Ichiban Utsukushii Natsu) achieves an astonishing level of stylistic resonance with the work of other contemporary directors whose films explore visions of a rapidly altering Japanese family life.