A Gentle Breeze in the Village, also known as 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.
Soyo lives in a small town in Shimane prefecture
. A new student from Tokyo
comes to the school and the their relationships start.
- 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.
- 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.
- One grade younger than Soyo, but her best friend. His house is a store.
- 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.