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by Naomi Kawase


In the street corner of Nara, inheriting the peaceful and solemn atmosphere of the ancient capital. Ayako, a lonely show dancer who has an incurable memory from the past, meets a ceramic artist, Daiji. Having encountered the loved one's deaths respectively, they struggle and seek for an unseeable bond each other. Ayako gradually gets over her past and discovers her own life, in the background of Shunie (a Buddhist ceremony usually called "Omizutori") at the Nigatsu-do Hall of Todaiji Temple, Jizoue (Buddhist ceremony) at the Kofukuji Temple, and in the scenery lightened up by flares. The film describes fierceness and purity both expressively and pathetically.

international title: Firefly
original title: Hotaru
country: France, Japan
sales agent: Wild Bunch
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Naomi Kawase
film run: 164'
screenplay: Naomi Kawase
cast: Yûko Nakamura, Yoshiya Nagasawa, Miyako Yamaguchi
cinematography by: Masami Inomoto
film editing: Naomi Kawase
music: Naomi Kawase, Naomi Matsuoka
producer: Takenori Sento, Philippe Avril
production: Les Films de l'Observatoire, Dentsu (JP), Imagica (JP), Suncent Cinema Works (JP), Tokyo Theaters Company (JP)