Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1969-05-30 · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Nara, Japan

40 Movies · 1 TV show

Also Known As: 河瀨直美 · 仙頭直美 · Sentō Naomi · 가와세 나오미 · 센토 나오미 · Наоми Кавасэ · 河瀬直美 · かわせなおみ

Biography

Naomi Kawase (河瀨直美, Kawase Naomi, born May 30, 1969) is a Japanese film director. She was also known as Naomi Sento (仙頭直美, Sentō Naomi), with her then-husband's surname. Many of her works have been documentaries, including Embracing, about her search for the father who abandoned her as a child, and Katatsumori, about the grandmother who raised her.

Early Life

Growing up in the rural region of Nara, Kawase's parents split early on in her childhood leaving her to be raised by her great-aunt, with whom she held a combative, yet loving, relationship. The youth she spent in Nara has had a drastic effect on her career. Many of her first forays into filmmaking were autobiographical, inspired heavily by the rural landscape. She originally attended the Osaka School of Photography to study television production and later became interested in film, deciding to switch her focus.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

2 Movies
To The Future

To The Future

2021
You can see the expression on the students' faces through the short film directed by Naomi Kawase.
Tracing Her Shadow

Tracing Her Shadow

2021
An old Chinese woman travels to Japan to find her missing daughter who she adopted after World War II. A retired Japanese policeman and her granddaughter are looking for her.

2020.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Homemade

Homemade

2020
Acclaimed filmmakers from around the world channel their creativity during COVID-19 isolation with this diverse, genre-spanning collection of short films.
It Stopped Raining

It Stopped Raining

2020
A young bioarchaeologist Yukisuke is attracted to a girl Koyomi, who runs a small stand of taiyaki pastry that he often buys. Koyomi is hospitalized, however, by a car accident on a rainy day after th...
True Mothers

True Mothers

2020
Satoko and her husband decided to adopt a baby boy after a long and unsuccessful attempt at getting pregnant. A few years later, their parenthood is shaken by a threatening unknown girl, who pretends ...

2019.

1 Movie
The Nikaidos' Fall

The Nikaidos' Fall

2019
After losing his son, Tatsuya is anguished by the danger of his ancient family line coming to an end. His mother Haru urges him to embark on a loveless second marriage, and meanwhile he secretly hopes...

2018.

2 Movies
Vision

Vision

2018
Centres on Jeanne, a journalist tracking a mysterious rare herb that appears only once every 997 years.
Parallel World

Parallel World

2018
Toru revisits the astronomical observatory in his old school for the first time in 15 years. He finds a notebook in the room that remained unchanged and frozen in time. "Thanks for watching me." It wa...

2017.

1 Movie
Radiance

Radiance

2017
The social intercourse between Masaya, a cameraman with a visual impairment, and Misako, who is disconnected from the world, is the subject of the story.

2016.

2 Movies
Seed

Seed

2016
Naomi Kawase describes the lead character in the film, Sakura Ando, as being more like a fairy. There is a creature. Seed is the story of the journey this girl takes from the enchanted nature of Nara ...
Lies

Lies

2016
This is the story about the life and artistic views of a designer through an interview that’s replete with poetic dialogue.

2015.

1 Movie
Sweet Bean

Sweet Bean

6
2015
Dorayaki pastries are filled with red bean paste. He reluctantly accepted Tokue's offer to help. She will be able to perform magic.

2014.

3 Movies
Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women

Reel Herstory: The Real Story of Reel Women

2014
Using rare footage and exclusive interviews with filmmakers from all over the globe, "Reel Herstory" corrects the historic notion that women behind the scenes in motion pictures held peripheral career...
Still the Water

Still the Water

2014
The drama is set on the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima and takes place during the full moon night of traditional dances in August. The young man enlisted the help of his girlfriend. The interwoven cy...
A Midsummer's Fantasia

A Midsummer's Fantasia

2014
A Korean Film director, Kim Taehoon plans to shoot his new film in a small local city called Gojo, Japan. He travels with his assistant director, Park Mijeong to do research prior to scriptwriting. Th...

2013.

1 Movie
The Tale of Iya

The Tale of Iya

2013
There was a stranger from Tokyo who came to Iya in the summer of 2011. A young man named Kudo was willing to live a self-sufficient life. He believed that the beautiful land would give him some rest, ...

2012.

3 Movies
Inori

Inori

2012
Director Pedro came to Japan in April 2011, started shooting in the village Totsukawa of Nara Prefecture. He, as Himotoku, began to spin the story with his camera instead of a brush…
Hanezu

Hanezu

2012
Woodwork artist Takumi moves to the small village Asuka in Nara Prefecture. He remodels old homes and lives a peaceful existence with nature. Takumi then meets Kayoko, a woman who went to the same sch...
Chiri

Chiri

2012
Kawase pays tribute to the grandmother that raised her after being separated from her parents as a child. The film teems with memories, but it is the faded, dusty photographs capturing the kindness in...

2011.

2 Movies
3.11 A Sense of Home

3.11 A Sense of Home

2011
In memory of the Japanese earthquake on 3.11, each director presents a 3 minute and 11 second short film in tribute to those who were lost.
60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero

60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero

2011
The film is a collection of one-minute short films created by 60 filmmakers from around the world on the theme of the death of cinema.

2010.

1 Movie
Genpin

Genpin

2010
About Tadashi Yoshimura's maternity clinic where he practice "natural births" deep in the forest of Okazaki (Japan).

2009.

4 Movies
Cinematic Correspondences: Isaki Lacuesta - Naomi Kawase

Cinematic Correspondences: Isaki Lacuesta - Naomi Kawase

2009
The exhibition 'The Complete Letters' features epistolary works defined by cinematographic creation. This is an experimental communication format used between pairs of film directors. Although each di...
Koma

Koma

2009
In the film Koma, Kawase explores the relationship between fragile and often tense history between Korea and Japan through the relationship that develops between a third generation Korean-Japanese man...
Haiku

Haiku

2009
Kawase's entry in the Haiku project
Visitors

Visitors

2009
Hong Sang-Soo’s Lost in the Mountains (South Korea, 32min) the visitor is the supremely self-centred Mi-Sook, who drives to Jeonju on impulse to see her classmate Jin-Young – only to discover that her...

2008.

1 Movie
Nanayo

Nanayo

2008
A young woman leaves her job and lover in Japan to start a new life in Thailand.

2007.

1 Movie
The Mourning Forest

The Mourning Forest

2007
A careGiver at a small retirement home takes one of her patients for a drive to the country, but the two end up stranded in a forest, where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journe...

2006.

1 Movie
Birth/Mother

Birth/Mother

2006
Tarachime is a documentary film which observes 'life' through childbirth. Kawase Naomi, a film director working under the theme of family, life and death, presents the bond of life through her own ch...

2003.

1 Movie
Shara

Shara

2003
The Aso family live in the old town of Nara. One Day, Kei, one of the Aso's twin boys suddenly disappears. Five years later seventeen-year old Shun, the remaining twin, is an art student. He now has t...

2002.

1 Movie
Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom

Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom

2002
Kazuo Nishii, renowned editor and photography critic, died in 2001 of stomach cancer. Two months earlier he contacted Naomi Kawase, whose works he admired, to document the remaining weeks of his life....

2001.

2 Movies
Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth

Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth

2001
In the follow-up to Embracing (1992), Naomi Kawase learns of her father's death and struggles with her loneliness and the feeling of having been abandoned by her parents.
Firefly

Firefly

2001
Emotionally withdrawn strip club dancer Ayako has never recovered from her mother's suicide when she was young. She begins a relationship with patient potter Daiji, but leaves him behind when she quit...

1999.

1 Movie
Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

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 Mo...

1997.

2 Movies
The Weald

The Weald

1997
Naomi Kawase returns to the mountains of her feature film Suzaku and portraits the people that inspired the movie.
Suzaku

Suzaku

1997
The life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village is depicted. Tahara and his family live with his mother, wife, nephew, and young daughter. There is tragedy in the family due to the economic r...

1996.

2 Movies
Sun on the Horizon

Sun on the Horizon

1996
The last part of the trilogy, filming her grandma and herself. She looks at the lovable beings in front of her eyes.
This World (Winter)

This World (Winter)

1996
The film takes shape through the form of a video exchange between Hirokazu Kore-eda and Naomi Kawase. Each films the world around them and intimately reflects on their individual struggles with making...

1995.

1 Movie
See Heaven

See Heaven

1995
Short doc by Naomi Kawase.

1994.

1 Movie
Katatsumori

Katatsumori

1994
A diary film depicting Kawase's relationship with her Grandma.

1992.

1 Movie
Embracing

Embracing

1992
A diary film about Kawase's relationship with her Grandma and the search for her Father, whom she has not seen since her parents divorced during her early childhood.
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