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Japan, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Accent on Asia)

Director: Naomi Kawase


"A beautifully made, quietist and contemplative work... a delicately romantic and even subtly erotic love story." - Guardian

In rural Japan, three lovers face the consequences of infidelity and the complications of motherhood, along with other larger questions, in this film about humanity and nature.

Kayo and Tetsuo's seemingly idyllic existence is threatened by the revelation that Kayo has been having an affair with a Takumi, a local wood carver. When she falls pregnant, each of the trio find themselves reconsidering their relationships as they contemplate their place in the generational weave of Japan's history.

Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest, MIFF 2007) presents a hymn to nature through this mythic love triangle, shot through with Japanese folklore. Lusciously filmed, Hanezu is a poetic journey into human passion.

D/P/S Naomi Kawase WS Memento Films L Japanese w/ English subtitles TD HD Cam/2011

See also...


Japan/France, 2007
Winner of the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Multiple award-winning filmmaker Naomi Kawase (Suzaku, The Weald) channels the classical Japanese masters in this sumptuous mood piece o… More »


Japan, 1997
Naomi Kawase's first feature film confirms the talent shown by her poignantly poetic prize-winning shorts. In a magnificent cedar-forested mountain setting, exquisitely filmed by veteran cameraman Ma… More »

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