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11 Ratings

Moonlight Serenade

Setouchi munraito serenade

Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Japan, 1997


A reminiscent journey through the eyes of one boy in WWII era Japan.

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Moonlight Serenade Directed by Masahiro Shinoda

Awards & Festivals

Kinema Junpo Awards

1998 | Winner: Best New Actor

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1998 | 2 wins including: Best Art Direction

1998 | Nominee: Best Actor

Critics reviews

None of it is particularly weighty, but the nostalgic perspective was very popular in Japanese film at the time. Shinoda includes both a benshi silent film narrator who treats the other passengers to an illegal screening of a Tsumasaburo Bando samurai movie—outlawed by MacArthur’s Occupation edicts—and a sequence in which the main character’s father takes him to see Casablanca at a local theater. It’s the kind of sentimental celebration of cinema easily excused by fellow film-lovers.
February 24, 2017
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