Japan 2021

Suzaku

Moe No Suzaku

This slow-burning, subtle story about the disintegration of a family in rural Nara Prefecture makes captivating viewing.

Image from Suzaku

Japan 1997
Dir Naomi Kawase
With Jun Kunimura, Machiko Ono, Kotaro Shibata, Sachiko Izumi, Yasuyo Kamimura
95min
35mm
English subtitles

Naomi Kawase recently achieved new celebrity as director of the official 2020 Tokyo Olympics documentary; here we revisit her first feature, which marked her out as a key independent filmmaker and an important female voice in modern Japanese film. Shot on location with mostly amateur actors in a realist mode, this slow-burning, subtle story about the disintegration of a family in rural Nara Prefecture makes captivating viewing.

Print courtesy of National Film Archive of Japan.

See our screenings of Naomi Kawase's Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth and Birth/Mother.