Tag Archives: Naomi Kawase

Still the Water / Futatsume no mado (2014) Naomi Kawase, Nijirô Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Miyuki Matsuda, Drama, Romance

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On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love.

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Mangekyô / Kaleidoscope (1999) Naomi Kawase, Shinya Arimoto, Mika Mifune, Machiko Ono, Documentary

Manguekyo (Naomi Kawase, 1999)
Naomi Kawase collaborates with Shinya Arimoto, a Taiyo award-winning photographer she knows from university, to create a photo album of Machiko Ono (who Kawase scouted for her previous feature film Moe no Suzaku) and Mika Mifune (daughter of famous actor Toshiro Mifune) with the idea to contrast these two aspiring actresses, Ono coming from the rural Nara and Mifune from Tokyo. Kawase documents the photo shooting and interviews Arimoto, Ono and Mifune as the work progresses, while the tension between her and Arimoto increases over disagreement on the direction of the project.

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