The Whispering Star ★★

Big Sono fan, disappointed by this. It's good looking, graded on a curve for budget. I admire directors who can make low budget look good. Sci-fi's built-in excuse for boring—portraying loneliness & isolation—isn't warranted. Megumi Kagurazaka isn't skilled or gifted enough to make watching her sweep the floor worthwhile. The "ideas" of the film are interesting, but they are insubstantially filled out by slow pans and scenes screaming for an edit: style in search of substance. The sound design is great, and annoying. Bottom line: I hate the sound of Stars Whispering.