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A Gentle Breeze in the Village, also known as Tennen Kokekkō (天然コケッコー?) is a Japanese manga written by Fusako Kuramochi, serialized on a magazine Chorus from 1994 to 2000. The manga won the 20th Kodansha Manga Award in 1996.

It was made into a movie in 2007, directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita starring Kaho, and it was released on July 24, 2007.

Plot summary

One of six students in a combined primary and junior high school, Soyo Migita (Kaho) is the most senior pupil. For her, school happens to be a joyful experience with an extended family of loving little brothers and sisters but her days as the tallest and oldest student are soon to be over. Hiromi Osawa (Masaki Okada), a cool city boy from Tokyo, arrives in the village. Attracted to him, Soyo tries to ignore the foreign feelings that begin to occupy her heart and mind. However, she soon surrenders to her passion and learns to act upon her new found emotions.

Main characters

  • Soyo Migita (右田 そよ) - Birth: May 18
  • Hiromi Oosawa (大沢 広海) - Birth: December 12
A boy who came from Tokyo, and became Soyo's first classmate. He later becomes Soyo's boyfriend. He has a very good sense of fashion.
  • Atsuko Yamabe (山辺 篤子)
One grade younger than Soyo, but her best friend. She wants to be a manga illustrator. She uses Hiromi as a model for the male character in her story.
  • Ibuki Taura (田浦 伊吹)
One grade younger than Soyo, but her best friend. His house is a store.
  • Itoko Migita (右田 以東子)
Mother of Soyo.


The film was shown at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival during the Contemporary World Cinema programme. It was later shown at the 28th Yokohama Film Festival.

This film was ranked as the 2007 Asahi Best Ten Film Festival Number 1, 2007 Japan Movie Best Ten Number 2, and as the 2007 Yokohama Film Festival Japan Movie Best Ten Number 2. Kaho has won two new actress awards from this film, including the Best New Actress award.


  • Kaho as Soyo Migita
  • Masaki Okada as Hiromi Osawa
  • Erisa Yanagi as Ibuki Taura
  • Shoko Fujimura as Atsuko Yamabe
  • Yui Natsukawa as Itoko Migita
  • Koichi Sato as Atsuko's Father


  • Film director - Nobuhiro Yamashita
  • Filming - Tatsuto Kondō
  • Music - Rei Harakami
  • Theme songs - "Kotoba wa Sankaku Kokoro wa Shikaku" by Kururi

Filming location

  • Shimane prefecture

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