Sheffield DocFest 2009

A collection of fascinating, insightful and very different documentaries about Japan.

View other Sheffield DocFest Films by strand: Bent Strand, Comedy Strand, Cross-Platform, European Features, European Shorts, Galas and Premieres, Green Strand, International Features, International Shorts, Music and Arts, Russian Strand, Sports Strand, UK Features, UK Shorts

Birth/Mother (Tarachime, Naissance Et Maternité) (Country: France, Japan; Year: 2006; Director: Naomi Kawase; Stars: Uno Kawase, Naomi Kawase, Mitsuki Kawase)
Filmmaker Naomi Kawase looks back at her own family history and her relationship with her grandmother.
Extreme Private Eros (Gokushiteki Erosu: Renka 1974, Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974) (Country: Japan; Year: 1974; Director: Kazuo Hara; Stars: Kazuo Hara, Miyuki Takeda, Sachiko Kobayashi)
An intimate portrait of the sensual life of the director's former lover.
Katatsumori (Country: Japan, France; Year: 1994; Director: Naomi Kawase)
The first part of Naomi Kawase's grandmother series, this documentary explores old age and focuses on her own grandmother.
Living On The River Agano (Agano Ni Ikiru) (Country: Japan; Year: 1992; Director: Makoto Satô)
People living beside the River Agano talk about their experiences of mercury poisoning due to industrial pollution of the waters.
Nippon Sengoshi - Madamu Onboro No Seikatsu (History Of Postwar Japan As Told by A Bar Hostess) (Country: Japan; Year: 1970; Director: Shohei Imamura; Writer: Shohei Imamura; Stars: Chieko Akaza, Etsuko Akaza, Tami Akaza, Fukumi Kuroda, Rikiya Yasuoka)
Madame Onboro, watching images from Japan's recent history, tells the story behind them from the point of view of the sex workers who worked through that period.
See Heaven (Ten, Mitake) (Country: Japan; Year: 1995; Director: Naomi Kawase; Stars: Naomi Kawase, Uno Kawase)
The second part of Naomi Kawase's grandmother series, looking at how the director's relationship with her grandmother has grown and developed.
The Setting Sun (Country: Japan; Year: 1997; Director: Naomi Kawase)
The final part of Naomi Kawase's documentary series of films about her grandmother.
News

Streaming Spotlight - Toronto winners This week we're looking at films that took home People's Choice accolades

Cage - the perfect saviour Debut director on how he landed the Con Air star to partner a pig

Depp stays the eternal outsider Pirates star on Tim Burton, French connections and Hollywood

More news and features

Playing Now

Eye For Film continues to support festivals both locally and across the world. At the moment, we're covering:

New York Film Festival
Showcase of global festival favourites

San Sebastian Film Festival
Spain's premier film festival

Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Deauville Festival of American Cinema
France's premier celebration of US film

Venice Film Festival
Premier Italian showcase of new films

In the Archive


Archive of festival coverage.

Daily diary and reviews from 2005-2018.

Coverage of the lynchpin German festival.