As Jedi Knight Ko Hoshino begins constructing her first lightsaber, she reminisces about a pivotal turning point in her training as a young padawan.
Headstrong and impatient, she implored her mentor, Jedi Master Jaan-Xu, to teach her lightsaber combat very early in her training. Instead, she became increasingly frustrated with his admonishments over her impatience and lack of focus.
He reminded her a Jedi's true strength lies not in fighting prowess, but in resisting darkness by serving and protecting others.
As Jedi Hoshino completes her lightsaber's construction and prepares to confront evil, she recollects her fateful mistake as a padawan that allowed her to see the truth of Master Jaan-Xu's teachings.
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Like Rouge One, and KARA, another extraordinary Star Wars fan film, this short has a dynamic woman at the center of its narrative.
Youtube star Anna Akana is pitch perfect as the impetuous Ko Hoshino, who learns the nuances of the light side of the force at a high personal cost.
Similar to A New Hope, it is the student-teacher relationship between her and Tim McKernan (Master Jaan-Xu) that powers the short's dramatic direction.
In addition, HOSHINO'S overall production is impressive.
Everything from its costume design, visual effects, audio cues (it is always a thrill to hear the iconic buzz of a lightsaber), music score, and even scene transitions impeccably mimic those of the iconic Star Wars films..
The cinematography is electric, with many scenes shot in gorgeous locations. Vitale's direction is engaging and feels intimate, yet it also lends the short a sense of majestic scope synonymous with Star Wars.
However, it is Carrasco's poignant and affecting story of a young woman fully come into her own as a Jedi Knight that is the film's major hallmark.
HOSHINO is further proof the mythology of Star Wars is rich and fertile ground for compelling stories of all kinds.
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