The Whispering Star

  • 100'
  • Japan
  • 2015
In the distant future, humanity has largely died out, while eighty percent of the universe is populated by machines. The ever-whispering android Yoko is one of them. In a strange spaceship that looks like an old Japanese villa, she flies through the cosmos looking for virtually deserted planets to deliver her cargo of parcels. In her audio diary, she keeps track of her thoughts, such as: Why did humanity lose interest in distant places after teleportation was invented? The only one she can talk to is a malfunctioning on-board computer.
For filmmaker/poet Sono Sion, best known for his frenzied exploitation films and inventive genre mixes, The Whispering Star is a striking excursion into a calmer kind of cinema, with humorous references to the work of Stanley Kubrick and Andrej Tarkovski. But here too, the fixed ingredients of his oeuvre - a keen eye for tight compositions and a sardonic sense of humour - are amply present.

Director
Sono Sion
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
100'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Hiso hiso boshi
Language
Japanese
Producer
Suzuki Takeshi
Production Company
Sion Production
Sales
Nikkatsu Corporation
Cinematography
Yamamoto Hideo
Editor
Ito Junichi
Production Design
Shimizu Takeshi
Sound Design
Koyima Hajime
Cast
Kagurazaka Megumi, Ikeda Yuto