Children of the Plains | Chicago Reader

Children of the Plains

This feature from Japan offers a sort of family entertainment long out of fashion there and in the West, educating without flashy pointers and unfolding at a leisurely pace sure to annoy the MTV generation. A young grade school teacher assigned to a remote farming village gradually falls in love with its rural way of life, its centuries-old customs and circadian rhythms. Played with beguiling sincerity by Miho Torikai, a novice actress with a degree in education, the character serves as a proxy for Japanese urbanites as the villagers introduce her to a subculture increasingly unable to hold onto its young people. Director Setsuo Nakayama faithfully records the village?s rituals, the serene acceptance of its people, and the majestic beauty of the land; the performances he draws from his mostly nonprofessional cast are completely unaffected.

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