Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase – Asa ga kuru AKA True Mothers (2020) (HD)

After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, convinced by the discourse of an adoption association, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a baby boy. A few years later, their parenthood is shaken by a threatening unknown girl, Hikari, who pretends to be the child’s biological mother. Satoko decides to confront Hikari directly. Read More »

Naomi Kawase – Ni tsutsumarete AKA Embracing (1992)

In this autobiographical documentary, filmmaker Naomi Kawase seeks to reach her mother and father who abandoned her at birth. Read More »

Naomi Kawase – Koma (2009)

Kawase’s contribution to the 2009 Jeonju Digital Project.

A Japanese-Korean man (Kitamura Kizuki) travels to a village in Nara to fulfill his late grandfather’s final wish. A local woman (Nakamura Yuko) shows him around town, but the relationship grows into something beyond visitor-and-guide. Read More »

Naomi Kawase – Genpin (2010)

About Tadashi Yoshimura’s maternity clinic where he practice “natural births” deep in the forest of Okazaki (Japan).

The Japan Times wrote:
The pain of childbirth, Genesis says, is God’s punishment for the original sin of womankind — if only Eve hadn’t given Adam that apple! But in Japan, traditionalists contend, it’s to be embraced, not lamented, since the deeper the agony, the deeper the motherly love. So hold the epidurals, please, we’re Japanese. Read More »

Naomi Kawase – Vision (2018)

Juliette Binoche finds rapture in the forests of Yoshino

Jeanne (Juliette Binoche) travels to Japan to search for the rare medicinal plant ‘Vision’, which according to legend only appears once every 997 years under special conditions. On her trip, she meets Tomo, a forest ranger, who joins her in her quest and helps retrace her past. Twenty years earlier, in the same forests of Yoshino where Jeanne now hopes to find Vision, she experienced her first true love. Read More »

Naomi Kawase – Hikari AKA Radiance (2017)


A passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired meets an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight Read More »

Naomi Kawase – Mogari no mori AKA The Mourning Forest (2007)


A care-giver at a small retirement home takes one of her patients for a drive to the country, but the two wind up stranded in a forest where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey. Read More »