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Firefly Dreams

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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.

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