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1997

Moe no suzaku

SUZAKU

萌の朱雀

(c)WOWOW+BANDAIVISUAL

(c)WOWOW+BANDAIVISUAL

Release Date
October, 25th, 1997
Running Time
95 min
Genre
Feature
Color
Color
Screening Format
35mm

[ Directed by ]

[ Produced by ]

[ Cast ]

[ Staff ]

[ Production Company ]

WOWOW, BANDAI VISUAL

[ Distributor (Japan) ]

WOWOW

[ Story ]

The theatrical debut film by Kawase Naomi who serves as writer and director. It won the Camera d'Or for Best First Feature Film at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival, making Kawase the first Japanese to win the award.
Kozo (Kunimura Jun) is as a lumberer in Nishi-yoshinomura, Nara Prefecture. He takes part in the initial operations of a railway tunnel construction project, but construction comes to an abrupt halt. 15 years later, Kozo has no willpower to work. He takes his favorite 8mm camera and leaves, never to return again. The family he left behind depart from the area each hiding their sadness and desires to begin facing each of their lives.

[ Film Festivals, Awards ]

1997 Cannes Film Festival, Camera d'Or
1997 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Fiprescie
1997 Singapore International Film Festival, Best Actress Award

[ Contact (International) ]

Kumie Inc.
2F, 45 Takamacho, Nara-shi, Nara 630-8241
tel: +81 742 27 2216
fax: +81 742 26 1830
E-mail: info@kumie.jp
http://www.kawasenaomi.com

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