Thai theaters for Moonlight Shadow

Director Edmund Yeo‘s Moonlight Shadow, a poetic and moving adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novella still on its journey through countries, festivals and streaming options: first Japan, then Taïwan and Malaysia, the next theatrical release date is February 10 for Thailand. On the same day, it will be streamed in Japan via Netflix. Other regions for either Netflix or Viki should be announced in the coming weeks…

Satsuki, running… in the vain hope it will sweep away the pain. Just one of the many emotional moments from this delicate movie in which Komatsu Nana really delivered a great and sensitive performance. Music by Aaken.

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Moonlight Shadow News 2022

Interesting news about Moonlight Shadow, Edmund Yeo‘s adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novella: the film is set for a theatrical release in Taiwan on January 21, it will also be screened in different theaters in Malaysia as part of the Japanese Film Festival (January 6-January 23).

Currently broadcast by Wowow TV (Japan), the movie should be available soon on Viki (Europe) and Netflix (regions not set as of today). DVD/Bluray editions will be available at some point in Spring, late March or beginning of April.

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Moonlight Shadow at T.I.F.F.

Moonlight Shadow had its Japanese theatrical release on September 10 so Monday’s screening at T.I.F.F. hardly was a premiere for the film which was part of the Nippon Cinema Now selection. It was though, for actress Komatsu Nana who officially attended the famous festival for the very first time. On November 1, at 6.20 p.m. JST, the lights went off at the Toho Cinema in Hibiya, Tokyo and the audience watched Edmund Yeo’s poetic adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s novella.

It’s a journey into pain, sorrow and grief yet with a touch of lightness as well as hope and recovery in the end. Having watched it four times, I won’t back down: the film is beauty, Nana Komatsu’s perf a stellar one.

There were stage greetings and a Q&A session, co-stars Hio Miyazawa and Himi Sato joined in…

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Like a flowing river

Moonlight Shadow, released in Japan on September 10, was chosen to be part of the Nippon Cinema Now selection at the 34th Tokyo International Film Festival, TIFF.


Moonlight Shadow Review

The sound of a bell lingers in my ear. It all started with that bell. This sound represented every single second I spent with Hitoshi. Every single day and night ! Sunny, rainy, cloudy and snowy days. The films we watched together, the books we read. The fights we had, our laughter and tears...” Before a tape recorder, a young woman spells out her grief. This touching scene is the opening sequence of the film; it will be repeated later on, complete and with an even stronger emotional load.

This young woman is Satsuki. The love of her life was killed in a car accident. With him was Yumiko, the girlfriend of Hiiragi, Hitoshi‘s younger brother, who also lost her life. Hiiragi wears Yumiko’s school uniform for mourning. For Satsuki, the process of healing is to run around breathlessly. She barely eats and is losing weight in a frightening way. She looks exhausted. One day, from the bridge where Satsuki and Hitoshi liked to meet, she sees a strange woman all dressed in black. She puts her finger to her lips as if to say ‘shhh’, an invitation to silence, to calm and to mystery.

Malaysian director Edmund Yeo‘s adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous short story lives up to its promise. Kong Pahurak‘s photography is superb and the lights enhance the emotions. The soundtrack, composed by Aaken/Ton That An, has the same function, it delicately accompanies the film without intruding. While taking certain liberties in the construction of the narrative and in the introduction or development of secondary characters, the director conveys the very essence of the original work, its message and its tone: mourning, the inevitable passage of time, love and bitter-sweet humor. …

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