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Sound of a Voice (2003)

In this mystical adaptation of a David Henry Hwang one-act play, gender differences and cultural intolerance is explored through the encounter between a witch and a samurai. The fable ... See full summary »

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Susan Hoffman
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Credited cast:
Lane Nishikawa Lane Nishikawa ... Samurai
Natsuko Ohama Natsuko Ohama ... Witch
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In this mystical adaptation of a David Henry Hwang one-act play, gender differences and cultural intolerance is explored through the encounter between a witch and a samurai. The fable begins with the samurai dispatched by the village to kill the witch who lives in the woods, who is believed to imprison men's souls. However, the samurai finds himself subtly disarmed by the open heart of the witch. Attracted to each other, they challenge each other over a formal tea ceremony, a martial arts contest, and a deadly game of sword play - only to find themselves drawn together to be pulled apart. Written by Daniel Davis

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Drama | Short

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USA

Language:

English

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4 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Superb retelling of the Japanese myth.
3 August 2014 | by abeng1See all my reviews

Wonderfully mystical retelling of the Japanese myth. Lyrical and poetic, with a mystery in the middle of it. What is the identity of each of the characters; are they who they seem to be? What is the warrior's purpose, and what does the women want? This short film has quite strong performances by actors who are actually mature and serious, and whose expressiveness is quite real. The music adds an entirely new layer to the film, especially the use of traditional Japanese instruments. The film is in English, adding a layer of complexity into the retelling of the story. But in the end it is less about the sound of a voice than a look, a glance, and the music.


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