Director: Naomi Kawase
Was born in Nara. She graduated from the Osaka School of Photography 1989. In 1993, she made Embracing, about her search for the father who abandoned her in her youth. At the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 1995, Embracing was given a Special Mention and FIPRESCI Prize. Katatsumori, her portrait of grandmother who raised her, won an Award for Excellence in the New Asian Currents program. In 1997, became the youngest winner of the Camera d'Or Award in the history of Cannes Film Festival for her first feature Suzaku. In 2000, she garnered both of the FIPRESCI Prize and the CICAE Prize at Locarno International Film Festival for the film Hotaru.
“Hanezu” is a shade of red, an ancient word that appears in the 8th century poetry collection, the Man yoshu... Takumi and Kayoko, live in the Asuka region, the birthplace of Japan. They inherited the unfulfilled hopes of their ancestors. Their tale continues the eternal story, representing the uncountable souls that have accumulated in this land.