Sheffield DocFest 2009

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

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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.

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