I’ve never been a massive Star Wars fan. That’s the kind of statement that’s treated like the black speech of Mordor by many. Whilst I’ll happily watch it when it’s inevitably on TV over the Christmas period I wasn’t one of the people rushing out to see The Force Awakens. When I did see it I wasn’t overly impressed. Having said that Rogue One looks considerably better on every level.
Then I stumbled upon Hoshino, a short film from director/producer/editor Stephen Vitale and writer Eric Carrasco. Hoshino tells the story of blind Jedi Ko Hoshino ,played by Anna Akanna, and her tutor Master Jaan-Xu played by Tim McKernan.
What really caught my eye about Vitale’s film was not only its polished production values and impressive looking FX work but its story. Hoshino takes the idea of the blind samurai, something most notably found in Japan’s Zatoichi films and then later in Western culture like American Zatoichi remake Blind Fury, Dare Devil’s Stick and even in long running beat ’em up game series Mortal Kombat’s Kenshi, and applies it to Star Wars in a brilliant way.
Despite a running time of just several minutes Hoshino works on various levels but especially as a tale of strength in the face of adversity. Also we should be in an age where a Jedi being a woman, a woman who isn’t white at that, shouldn’t be a notable thing but we’re not there culturally so it matters.