"Ichiban utsukushii natsu" [Firefly
Dreams] by John Williams
is a native of England who moved to Japan after he studied French
and German literature in a London university. After he began work
teaching French in a high school, he discovered his love for film
making. After his first documentary film, he created Meter Films
Company, which produced his Japanese film, "Ichiban utsukushii
Dreams" is a Japanese film directed by a British man. It is
a film about the ordinary life of an ordinary teenager in modern
Japan. This film has no violence and no sex, nothing commercial
to attract a general audience in Japan or elsewhere. Still, this
is an excellent art film that clearly portrays modern life in Japan.
girl, Naomi, doesn't takes her parents? divorce very well. She leaves
for a mountain to visit her aunt, who sends her away to look after
an old lady. Soon, Naomi and the old lady become friends. They discover
similarities between them, no matter the generation gap. They share
the same dreams, the same disappointments and the same feelings.
This is a story
that connects two different generations in modern Japan: the older
generation that survived World War II, and the younger generation
who lives in a modern commercialized society, a society that is
losing its spiritual connection with traditional Japanese culture.
This is a film that allows the viewer to enjoy the natural beauty