Sunday, May 6, 2012


ひかりのおと (Hikari no oto)

Released: 2011

Director: Juichiro Yamasaki

Yoshitomo Fujihisa
Toyoyuki Sato
Yoshiko Nakamoto
Eri Mori

Running time: 89 min.

Reviewed by Marc Saint-Cyr

“The Sound of Light” is a film entirely set in one of the tougher corners of the world; a place where hard work is a minimum requirement for making a living – and not even that can guarantee prosperity or even survival. Yoshitomo Fujihisa plays the main character Yusuke, a young man who, three years prior to the events of the film, moved back to his family’s farm in the mountain town of Maniwa in Okayama Prefecture from Tokyo after his father (Toyoyuki Sato) badly injured his foot. This move put Yusuke’s ambitions of pursuing a musical career on indefinite hold – a necessary sacrifice so he could lend a much-needed hand in the many physically demanding tasks dutifully upheld by his father and grandmother (Junko Sato) over the years. A small dairy farm fighting off debt, the business requires the constant feeding and milking of its cows, among other chores. Here, routine and dedication are the defining factors of daily life, bringing a regular flow of early mornings and toil.

The events of “The Sound of Light” are overshadowed by a past event described in an opening title card: three years ago, a dairy farmer named Natsuo Asano was killed in a car accident that spared his wife Yoko (Eri Mori) and son Ryota. These characters are tied to Yusuke’s family in various ways: Natsuo was best friends with Yoshiyuki (Takeshi Masago), Yusuke’s uncle, and the two men worked hard together to establish their own dairy farm. But in the wake of Natsuo’s death, Yoshiyuki’s life and business collapsed into ruin to the point that he now bears the reputation of a madman. Also, Yusuke is in love with Yoko and hopes to marry her – a plan complicated by Ryota being the only remaining male in the Asano family. If Yusuke and Yoko were to get married, the boy would have to go live with his grandmother on Natsuo’s side so as to continue the Asano family name, thus presenting Yoko with a difficult decision – and indicating another way how family responsibilities shape the characters’ lives.

One of the clear strengths of “The Sound of Light” is the total immersion into small-town farming life it gives. The impressive Chugoku mountains surround the town’s scattered farms, businesses and homes, emphasizing the rural isolation in which the characters eke out a living. Work maintains a strong grip on daily life: whether tending to vegetable patches, preparing meals or, most often, tending to the cows, Yusuke and his family – including his sister Haruko (Yoshiko Nakamoto) and her boyfriend Takashi (Soichiro Tsuji) who visit and lend a hand in the various chores – constantly see to the tall order of responsibilities that need to be met. Writer and director Juichiro Yamasaki, himself a Maniwa farmer, admirably approaches such actions with a still, observant eye that ably captures the quiet dedication of the farmers. The viewer is made quite aware of the tolls such a lifestyle demands – especially through Yoshiyuki, who is publicly regarded as a failure and a cautionary tale. Having driven away his wife, he burns down his barn, gives in to drinking and attempts suicide. His misfortunes show that it takes more than hard work to survive in farming; that loyal friends and family serve as irreplaceable supports for perseverance. But even then, the farmers are at the mercy of forces beyond their control. In one integral dialogue scene, Yoshiyuki explains to Yusuke how he and Natsuo had to contend with a sudden rise in feed costs and, more importantly, people’s indifference to local businesses in favor of convenience. “The harder you work, the less you get,” he says, underlining the dire consequences of the growth of world markets at the cost of the farmers’ hard-won labors. This bitter truth is not dwelled upon for too long, but its weight is certainly not lost on the viewer.

Impressively, Yamasaki maintains an even balance between depicting the real-life textures and issues of the farming community and the more narrative-dependent strand of the film dedicated to Yusuke’s personal situation. Visiting a graveyard of amplifiers in the woods and uncovering a hidden guitar and the organ his mother gave to him before leaving the family (alluding to a rift between her and Yusuke’s more farming-oriented father), he still clearly holds onto his love for making music. His father even offers to give him a saved bundle of one million yen to help re-ignite the distant dream of returning to Tokyo. Yet Yusuke remains bound to the important sense of duty that has kept him at the farm. As a son and the heir to the farm, the weight of expectation lies heavily upon his shoulders, even if his family grants him the permission necessary to break away.
“The Sound of Light” gives an even and honest portrayal of farming life, neither exaggerating the great endurance it requires nor holding it up as a utopian alternative to the light and bustle of Tokyo, which has never felt so distant in a Japanese film as it does here. But occasionally, Yamasaki allows for moments of hope and beauty: the night scene in which an actual calf is born, Yusuke’s song to his mother quietly performed in a cold barn, the annual climb up a nearby mountain on the morning of New Year’s Day to see the first sunlight of the year. Such scenes make Yusuke’s journey seem worth the challenges it has brought him, confirming that the sacrifices he made were willingly and, at times, perhaps even gladly chosen.


Windows7mart said...

A familiar sight in public is an individual with windows 7 professional retail version an iPad in hand, or one getting utilized using a keyboard case. Exactly where it utilised to become more prevalent to determine windows 7 professional product key individuals using Windows laptops of varying sizes in public venues numerous of them happen to be replaced with the iPad.

Unknown said...

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.
kids games
unblocked games 77
juego de un show mas

Unknown said...

You need to kill time, you need entertainment. Refer to our website. hope you get the most comfort.
Thanks you for sharing!
Friv 4

Unknown said...

Play the Best Free Games! We've picked out the racing games, cooking games, candy crush, games shooting, fashion games, ...
Thanks for sharing !
Kizi 200
Friv 1

Blogger said...

eToro is the most recommended forex broker for new and full-time traders.

Anonymous said...

شركة مكافحة حشرات بالجبيل
شركة عزل خزانات بالدمام
شركة عزل خزانات بالخبر
شركة عزل خزانات بالظهران

Unknown said...

Kaliteli Kartal escort bayan ilan sitemizde çıtır kızların birbirinden güzel Maltepe escort ve Pendik escort ilanlarını escort alanya ta bulabilirsiniz.

Unknown said...

İstanbul escort bayanlar ile gününüzü mükemmel bir hale getire bilirsiniz.
İstanbul escort bayan kızlar sizlerin de daima birlikte olmak isteyeceği mükemmel bayanlardır. Her anlam da kendilerini geliştiren, bakıma önem veren ve partnerlerine ayırdıkları zaman içerisin de her derdi unutturabilecek bayanlardır. Eğer sizler de hayatınıza renk katmak ve farklı heyecanlar yaşamak istiyor iseniz bu bayanlar ile iletişime geçerek dilediğiniz gibi bir gün yaşaya bilirsiniz. Bu bayanlar ile birlikte olduğunuz ilk andan itibaren sevgilinin çok daha ötesinde birliktelik yaşadığınızı hissede bilirsiniz. Sitemize üye olan bayanlarımız kaliteye ve bayan değerlerine önem veren beyler ile tanışmak istiyor. Fakat bazı beyler karşısında ki bayan hitap etmesini bilmediği için bu durum bazen zor olabiliyor.
Eğer sizler kendinize güveniyor ve bayan değerlerine önem veriyor iseniz sitemiz de üyeliği bulunan escort bayanlar ile birlikte olabilir ve daima birlikte kalabilirsiniz. Siz beyler gibi bu bayanlar da farklı ortamlar ve yeni insanlar tanıyarak hayatlarına devam etmek isterler. Fakat güven çok önemlidir. Eğer bu güveni onlara kazandıra bilirsiniz. Artık istediğiniz süre içerisin de bu bayanlar ile birlikte olmak ihtimaliniz var demektir. Onlar ile escort bayanarkadaş yada sevgili olabilirsiniz. Her şey sizin onlara olan yaklaşımına bağlıdır. Eğer sizler de sohbet etmeyi seviyor ve özgürce bir hayat dilimi içerisindeyseniz hiç zaman kaybetmeden mutlaka bu bayanlar ile tanışmalısınız.
Bu escort bayanlar ile birlikte olarak çılgınlar gibi eğlenebilir ve tüm sıkıntılarınızı unuta bilirsiniz. Daima pozitif olduklarından istanbul escort dolayı sizlerin de onlar ile birlikte olduğu zaman içerisin de ilgi ve alakaları sayesin de çok mutlu olacağınız dan eminim. Ayrıca çok geniş çevreye sahip olduklarından dolayı bir çok arkadaşları ile de tanışabilirsiniz. Toplu olarak onlar ile eğlencelere gidebilir ve hayattan fazlası ile keyif almaya başlaya bilirsiniz. Çılgın yaşam tarzları ve güler yüzleri sayesin de onlar ile birlikte her türlü eğlenceyi hissedeceğinize eminim. Fakat dediğim gibi onlara olan yaklaşımınız çok önemlidir. Eğer sizlere güvenmezler ise onlar ile birlikte hiç bir şey yapamazsınız.

yijinNg said...

good detroit escorts said...

Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News


Aol Desktop Gold said...

AOL Desktop software it will assist when more established variants will never again run and you need to download the new AOL Desktop Gold Download. In this way, if you are utilizing this AOL Desktop Gold software and need to find out about it, pursue this blog. For certain reasons, if you are searching for steps to install or uninstall this software, look at the means as referenced in this blog. Furthermore, if you have any query related AOL Gold software contact us, we will make sure to resolve your issues as soon possible.

robbyjaksan said...

We are a free specialist co-op for all the equipment and programming related issues.We are an outsider organization giving specialized help in programming, PCs, PCs, printers and so forth.
||HP Printer Support Toll Free Phone Number
||hp printer tech support phone number
||hp printer customer service number
||Samsung Printer Support Toll Free Phone Number
||samsung printer tech support phone number
||samsung printer customer service number
||Brother Printer Support Toll Free Phone Number
||brother printer tech support phone number
||brother printer customer service number
||Lexmark Printer Support Toll Free Phone Number
||lexmark printer tech support phone number
||lexmark printer customer service number
||Dell Printer Support Toll Free Phone Number
||dell printer tech support phone number
||dell printer customer service number
||Epson Printer Support Toll Free Phone Number
||epson printer tech support phone number
||epson printer customer service number
||canon Printer Support Toll Free Phone Number
||canon printer tech support phone number
||Canon printer customer service number

Shawn Michaels said...

In this day and age, email correspondence has become the most noteworthy piece of the present business. The truth of the matter is that we can’t live without email administrations and the vast majority of our budgetary exchanges rely upon it.
||Roadrunner Email Support
||Roadrunner Email Support Toll-free Number
||roadrunner technical support
||roadrunner support number
||roadrunner support
||roadrunner tech support phone number
||roadrunner email support phone number
||roadrunner phone number
||roadrunner customer service number
||Roadrunner Customer Service Number
||roadrunner customer service number
||roadrunner webmail support
||roadrunner email customer service
||roadrunner customer service phone number
||Roadrunner Email Support Number
||roadrunner support
||roadrunner contact number
||roadrunner customer support number
||roadrunner customer support phone number
||Roadrunner Technical Support Phone Number
||roadrunner support number
||roadrunner technical support phone number
||roadrunner technical support number
||roadrunner customer support

avgcomretail said... is the URL that you have to reach in order, to begin with, any avg item. Innovation is propelling step by step and the progression of innovation made individuals progressively reliant on it. Using innovation is all fine yet it additionally has a clouded side. Generally, individuals convey their information and ordinary work on PC. There are high possibilities that your information and work can control by unapproved exercises like malevolent records entering in the Desktop, PC, and Smartphone by means of malware, rootkit, spyware, and Trojan horses.

primevideocommytv said...

We offer complete help for your device. From the underlying purpose of initiating your gadget till where your channels are flawlessly spilling, we provide step by step assistance. You may have inquiries on initiating the gadget and setting up with all the most loved channels and putting it up inside and out; Prime video helpline has all the orders to sift through all the inquiry you have. We assist with fixing your myTV gadgets, be it initiating it or becoming acquainted with about the Channel list on Roku or in any event, repairing your Roku remote. If you facing any queries related to prime video or mytv, Roku or Android devices Setup contact us, our expert's team always available customer help.
Read more…

youtubecomactivate said...

YouTube is using several people today and worldwide billions of users on YouTube. There you can watch amazing content, music, or the latest videos. If you want to connect YouTube on your gadget during this time you facing any type of error so you don't take tension. Few steps to resolve issues visit our website follow the instructions or enjoying videos. But if you do not do these steps, you contact us our toll-free and there our expert team fix your issues immediately furthermore provides the finest solution.
Read more…

Nancy Angel said...

Notwithstanding, you additionally need the Amazon Prime video login to see the actuation code which you will enter on the online interface. com primevideo mytv link. For more info visit given link.

mathew john said...

Trying to activate youtube using Facing issues? Dont worry, our experts at are here to help you with the entire process. If you want to view YouTube videos using your Smart TV you will notice that you will have to sign in and activate your account first.

nikhil said...

DG Royals is the best Digital Marketing institute in Delhi NCR which provides the best training on digital marketing institute In Delhi dgroyals is digital marketing institute in Delhi

nikhil said...

buy online bacon Delhi

meat home delivery Delhi

Unknown said...

having trouble with printers? Connect witH printer Support Number for help

Unknown said...

Awesome blow. you should check out mine as well Antivirus Support

John Smith said...

Chase Bank gives customers to verify their credit card receipt and activate the card from home or anyplace over the conveniently. If you are facing any glitches with your card so simply visit Verify Chase Card contact us. Chase bank customer care always ready to help our customers and resolve issues as soon as possible.
Read More…

Niraj Nayan said...

The Digital Education is a training institute for digital marketing. You can learn every aspect of digital marketing from The Digital education. Get complete digital marketing classroom training with live industry projects. It is the Best Digital Marketing Institute in Delhi-NCR.

Nancy Angel said...

Activate activate by giving the activation link primevideo.mytv enter code in your tv and enjoy amazon popular shows such as movies & web series.Visit given link primevideo mytv enter code.

Nyra Cuper said...

order tramadol online Buy tramadol online directed by doctors, this medicine is used for moderate to severe pain.

silver singles silver singles login uses an algorithm that matches you with people based on your personality, location, age, and desired relationship outcomes.

Benjamin Jones said...

Hello guys you! You will meet many Aerocity escorts but she will not give you full satisfaction. If all of you want to real & erotic satisfaction then you booked your Adorable Escorts Service in Aerocity. And take full enjoy with Gratifying Aerocity escorts services. Escorts Service in Aerocity perfectly delightful movements and they are ready for sensuality anytime you crave.You will be able to find Hot Escorts Service in Aerocity, Elite escorts, and others as well. There are galleries for all of these girls, making it easy for you to hand-select the girl you want to spend time with. Booking requires a simple phone call. Escorts Service in Aerocity are often available day and night. The sooner you book, the easier it will be to have a larger selection. The girls working with our Delhi escort agency as escorts are college girls, Escorts Service in Aerocity, and housewives. Our other young babes such as the College Escorts from Model Female Escorts Service in Aerocity and Mahipalpur agency are light-hearted and always seem to have a spring in their step.Individuals who are not wedded or have enormous sex advance ought to employ a Escorts Service in Aerocity escort young girl like me to get unwind.

Benjamin Jones said...

Selecting our gorgeous, verified, and experienced Independent Escorts Service and Call Girls in Aerocity would provide you spellbinding escort services that will offer you complete fulfillment and satisfaction and leave a long-lasting impression on you.Your Aerocity tour is always half-done without our Call Girls in Aerocity the real beauty in the city. We have the most gorgeous,Its so much insist of our loved customers our agency is happy to provide our Call Girls in Aerocity. We have hot and sexy females who are ready to hookup. Everyone are respectful with a quiet character. We have a wide range of Female escorts in Aerocity. Simply call us and recruit via given whatsapp option to the footer section.we are accessible day in and day out all over in Aerocity.To hire our Call Girls in Aerocity, you can speak with our call girl representative over the call. It is effortless to get Call Girls in Aerocity now. So, let us tell you about the benefit of our Call Girls in Aerocity because when you first desire something, you look for the pros of that thing. Call Girls in Aerocity, Delhi. One of the oldest Agency over hundreds of customer satisfatiction.

Herman Herrington said...

Enjoyed reading your post keep sharing such amazing post will come back to read more.


Pubg mobile said...

Nice Post Spooky halloween sayings

Best Wihses Quotes said...

Best Wishes QuotesA passionate and unforgettable phrase might
be used to wish somebody the finest. You may modify the quotation to match your specific needs or circumstances.

Primevideomytv said...– Start watching Prime Videos on versatile and tablets as well as. With a qualified Amazon Prime participation, you approach a huge number of Prime Video titles at no extra expense. To Activate Prime Video, download it from your application store or play store Amazon Prime App after sign in you will get a activation code, visit and enter Amazon prime activation code on your Smartphone or PC.
Read more... code
primevideo/mytv code

charles said...

Amazing website, Love it. Great work done. Nice website. Love it. This is really nice. connect code login/begin

Anton Dcruze said...

Thanks for sharing a great piece of information. I visited your website and I really like your website and post also. Keep it up and keep sharing such posts.
Students travel all over the globe to pursue their higher education and they have to do a job to survive which results in getting less time for their studies and crafting assignments. Therefore, they seek online assignment help. So, if you face any challenges, then you can take assignment australia help from the expert who works round the clock and deliver quality content within the allotted time.
Many different subjects where students mostly seek online assignment help are chcece001 assessment answers Help, Management Assignment Help, Law Assignment Help, etc.

APPLE said...

Suppose you need to know how and what to do with short training with others.


Sandeep Kumar said...

3D floor plans for real estate is a great way for buyers and sellers to get a better understanding of the property. With 3D floor plans, buyers can get a better idea of the size of the room, how the layout looks, where the windows and doors are, and other features of the property. 3D floor plan company also allows sellers to accurately market their property in an appealing way to potential buyers. This technology offers a unique visual way to explore homes, which helps people make informed decisions about their real estate purchases. Real Estate Marketing Company