A delivery for you
A humanoid robot deliverywoman muses on the mystery of human nature as she drops off parcels around the galaxy.
A humanoid robot deliverywoman muses on the mystery of human nature as she drops off parcels around the galaxy.
Hiso Hiso Hoshi, Hiso hiso boshi
TIFF 2015 – Film #20
Reason for pick – interesting premise as spotted in the TIFF description.
More akin to a tone poem or a Haiku than a narrative driven film, The Whispering Star gently glides along drawing its audience into the life of A.I. Yoko Suzuki, machine ID 722, a robot delivery woman who brings parcels to the dwindling human population, now scattered amongst the stars. A.I.'s now vastly outnumber humankind.
With a lineage that could be traced to Le Quattro Volte, Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, The Turin Horse, and The Strange Little Cat, Battlestar Galactica and A.I., director Shion Sono constructs world where there is nothing but time; ‘It’s acceptable for packages to be…
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A cyborg Jeanne Dielman-type delivery person travels for 10 years in a dysfunctional Hal-controlled spaceship that looks like a Japanese trailer to planets that all look like tsunami ravaged and nuclear disaster site Fukushima to deliver parcels.
It is the most original and quite possibly the most beautiful film I've seen in a very long time.
Extremely slow paced, every minute of the film is detailed and important.
Every encounter with the desolate planets is rich and textured and extremely poignant.
I saw it as the story of Fukushima: the story of the dead and the story of the survivors.
The survivors who left with nothing but the single most important item they could save.
I'll be honest, Sion Sono is one of the few directors that I'm completely incapable of reviewing objectively. Each of his movies manage to appeal to every single one of my cinematic interests and preferences; both thematically and stylistically. So if you're looking for a totally unbiased opinion about a Sono flick, I'm probably not the dude for you. The Whispering Star is no exception. With that said, this is easily the biggest departure from Sono's previous directorial efforts. Long gone is Sono's penchant for frenetic montage and shrewdly applied bubble gum-color palettes(...both qualities I love about Sono's films, in all honesty), instead leaving us with a beautifully rich tapestry of melancholy and an android's quest to find out what…
Imagine Kubrick directing something like "Eraserhead meets Stalker" and you get Shion Sono's The Whispering Star.
Machines have taken over the galaxy. Humans are now scarce and wander throughout space, usually taking refuge on abandoned planets. The film follows a cyborg who delivers packages to them.
It's a minimalist film. The black and white and absence of outer sounds emphasize that. During 90% of the movie, the only sound you can hear (other than the cyborg's and its spaceship AI's voice) is whatever she's doing. Cleaning, opening a faucet, breaking things.
The landing planets the cyborg visits are actually modern day Fukushima and the humans she meets there are not actors; they're people that live on the area. Deserted, decadent,…
The sudden burst of loneliness that comes after the realization that we are standing amidst billions of planets and galaxies -- encapsulated into film. All these personal memoirs, souvenirs, belongings, how insignificant they are when compared to the larger scale of time and space. In the future, humans are frozen in time. They wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, while contemplating, always longing for nothing but the past. In this world, only the emotionless are allowed to progress forward, perhaps the parcels delivered by Yoko are supposed to indicate a wake-up call? You can almost feel the emptiness of human sentiment just from the ridiculous size difference between the shoe box, and the mere photograph lying inside; how pathetic we are, from the eyes of a machine, yet Yoko, like Wall- E, she's slowly, very slowly, starting to learn.
So I haven't seen Jeanne Dielman yet, but I have heard this kind of feels a lot like it. I sure hope so because this was a masterpiece. An incredibly patient journey, somewhat like I Am Keiko set in space and many different planets. Also, before anything even really happened in the film, I was blown away by how much I liked the visual design of everything. A lot of the ship, the nonhouse part, was very reminiscent of early Sci-Fi, with cords running everywhere and big goofy looking doors. Even the way the knobs and levers move from rhe ships command remind me of 50's Sci-Fi and I loved that part so much.
Sion Sono kann also auch Arthouse. Und Sci-Fi. Alles in schwarz-weiß. Alles zum Niederknien. The Whispering Star sieht von Anfang bis Ende absolut großartig aus. Leider hat mich der Film im Mittelteil nicht abgeholt und ich war eine Zeit lang nicht involviert. Keine Ahnung warum. Im Großen und Ganzen war er richtig stark. Ich werde diesen doch sehr ungewöhnlichen Sono wohl nochmal gucken müssen.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sion Sono's Stalker about Jeanne Dielman who goes through her daily routine not because she is a rerpessed woman but an android-deliverywoman. For 10 years she has been doing her routine without questioning why is she doing all of this or why she's alive at large, but after her first encounter with a human being she is starting to knit, she is smoking, she's looking at stars, she's wondering what she's delivering and doesn't understand "why people want delivery that takes this amount of time" [about 10 years], she's no longer spends her days on the spaceship mindlessly doing what she was programmed to do. After her second encounter she's repairing her player, she's drinking water because the man she…
“Human existence is just the flicker of a candle flame”
The year 2015 was a highly prolific one for Sion Sono with The Whispering Star marking his sixth release of that year, and the first feature with his newly established independent production company. The Whispering Star is the realization of a script Sono wrote two decades ago but reworked to reflect the present.
The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster deaply touched Sono, an influence that materialized radically in his themes and style with two movies, Himizu and The Land of Hope. Sono marks this as another poignant post-nuclear disaster film, revisiting locations from his 2012 Fukushima drama, The Land of Hope. Set in future where the mistakes of mankind have pushed…
Space silence, ships, an egregious amount of title cards, and HAL 9000's Japanese relative
Wastelands, sepia-monochrome grading, and a glacial pace
Droning ambience and old people walking slow
Trees, tall grass, and whispering
A non-human wanders multiple locations and also begins to understand the human race
The fucking atmosphere.
*All five clap simultaneously*
The Whispering Star works in almost complete opposition to everything else Sion Sono has made. He is a director attracted to putting everything on screen. An over-abundance of jokes, camera moves, nudity, violence and plot. He is cinema's most exciting maximalist. The Whispering Star stands out as it is a film defined by its static camera, black and white cinematography and wispy character sketches. However, like any Sion Sono film it is filled with ideas.
The Whispering Star is formally about what it means to be human. Like Under the Skin, but with a quotidian focus that belies its Science-Fiction trappings. This is a spaceship of leaking taps, faltering computers, moths trapped in light-fixtures. The film slowly moves, punctuated by…
by far the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing flm I've seen in a long time. Sion Sono can do everything. That man is a genius.
The Whispering Star is a unconventional thought-provoking film. Robots have taken over. Humans are on the verge of extinction. A humanoid robot deliverywoman delivers parcels to the different parts of galaxy and with each trip learns a bit more about life and humans and why they are still doing this. This film is a great study on human behavior and their obsession with technology.
The Whispering Star is a film of immense beauty. Scored and cinematographed to absolute perfection. Megumi Kagurazaka was really outstanding in this and deserves so much appreciation. Honestly, i could easily watch 3-4 hours of this or even a tv series on this by Sion Sono. Amazing film.
Very quiet take on Stalker
공간의 부재가 시간의 부재가 된 세계. 후쿠시마에 대한 인상적인 비유.
Ich habe mir The Whispering Star von Sion Sono auf dem diesjährigen Japanischen Filmfest angeschaut. Das experimentelle Science Fiction Drama folgt in wunderschönen Schwarzweißbildern dem eintönigen Tagesablauf der Androidin Yoko Suzuki, die in ihrem Raumschiff, das wie ein traditionelles japanisches Holzhaus anmutet, interstellar Pakete ausliefert.
Es passiert nicht wirklich viel in diesem Film, aber was gezeigt wird, ist immer wunderschön inszeniert und von Sion Sonos Frau Megumi Kagurazaka in der Rolle der Yoko Suzuki durchgehend gut gespielt. Die fremden Planeten, die allesamt im Fukushima Sperrgebiet gedreht wurden, wirken auf eine unangenehme Weise atmosphärisch. Ebenso das unbekannte Schicksal der Menschheit, deren Kolonialisierung des Universums offenbar in einem Desaster sehr großen Ausmaßes endete. Drohend schwingt es in jeder Szene mit und wirft…
How did the same man who made Tokyo Vampire Hotel make this??
"the adoration towards distance and time is not something machines can comprehend"
sion sono asks, pre-desth stranding, if it's better that some things are far away. if you're trying to communicate the passage of time, why not do it in a way that takes a while? memories are at their most powerful remembered after a long time forgotten.
i really hope sono pursues this style of minimalist storytelling further, because he's very good at it. unexpected, coming from the most maximalist director i could name.
Im exquisiten Schwarzweiß und in berückenden Kompositionen gedrehte, melancholische Low-Budget-Sci-Fi von Sion Sono. In der zertrümmerten Kulisse von Fukushima gedrehte (z.T. mit Einwohnern besetzte) Kinokunst (schön insbesondere die lange Schattentheater-Sequenz) und Meditation über Vergänglichkeit und Erinnerung.
It’s a comparison I didn’t see myself ever making; but in terms of treatises on the effects of distance, space and time on human behaviour, this is far more successful than Death Stranding, a video game I already admire and defend.
There’s a lot more I could write about this but I just don’t have enough space. Humans are funny like that.
Human existence is just the flicker of a candle flame...
In this one out of the six films Sion Sono released in 2015, a disaster scenario for humanity is dreamed into being that is amazingly subtle and unique. The way the information is delivered requires patience, but is extremely rewarding and fascinating if one is willing to let the mood wash over them.
This is the third slow film by Sono and I consider it his best out of the three. It has an Akerman quality about it, it has a Tarkovsky quality about it, it has a Lynch quality about it, and those are just about the highest praises I can give it. It tries a lot of different things and I think they all mesh together into something…
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I'm always a bit and miss when it comes to Sion Sono but after reading the reviews of this I knew I just had to see it, the film is a far cry of what you would usually expect from Sono this is one of the most tranquil of any in the Sci-fi genre I've seen for years, I was fully prepared for the sparse dialogue and deliberate slow pace and for me, it mostly worked, the visuals are spot on especially when we visit the ground base of these different planets which are all shot in glorious sepia tone Sono used the backdrop of Fukushima for these settings and it definitely gives the film that…
Makes you think, doesn’t it? Whether in the future, whoever is considered the dominant life form will perceive humans as mere silhouettes, shadows of what we were?
The film is brilliant. I haven’t thought over a movie’s messages like this in years. Love it.
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