Superstars Oda Yuji (the Bayside Shakedown
films) and Shibasaki Kou (Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World
) pair up in the Frank Capra-esque comedy Kencho no Hoshi
(literally "Star of the Prefectural Government"). Television director Nishitani Hiroshi makes his big-screen directing debut with the film, based on the same-titled novel from author Katsura Nozomi. Kencho no Hoshi
features an undeniably winning story and themes; it's about an arrogant man on the fast track to success, who discovers true value in life when he suffers a much deserved fall from grace. Audiences responded during the film's initial theatrical release, propelling Kencho no Hoshi
to the top of the box office during its debut week.
Nomura Satoru (Oda Yuji) is an elite young bureaucrat on his way to the top. Not only does he have a large seaside development in progress, but he's due to marry the beautiful daughter of a rich and influential businessman. Satoru is humbled, however, when he's asked to connect with the common folk via a period of service in a local supermarket named Mantendo. Satoru initially clashes with his trainer, a no-nonsense part-timer named Ninomiya (Shibasaki Kou) who has little use for the obviously arrogant Satoru. Not that it matters to Satoru. He's too busy exercising his superiority - until one indignity after the next reduce him to a shadow of his inflated former self. Now at rock bottom, can Satoru regain his self-esteem and - with the help of former nemesis Ninomiya - work to save Mantendo?
The First Press Limited Edition of Kencho no Hoshi comes with a bonus disc, including interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, features with the stars, and more! This 2-disc set comes packed in a special outer case, and also includes an exclusive booklet.