Japanese director, born in Nara in 1969.
After a degree in photography, she directed several short and mid-length films. In 1997, she completed her first feature film, Suzaku, which won the Caméra d’or in Cannes. The film takes place in Nara, her native province, whose rural landscapes she has never stopped filming. Her body of work stands out through its combination of introspection and spirituality, filmed through the prism of daily life. Hotaru (2000) and The Mourning Forest (2007) were to follow, the latter wining the Grand Prix in Cannes, and later, Hanezu (2010). A member of the Jury in 2013, she returned to present Still the Water in competition the following year. She then created her most popular success Sweet Bean (2015), before shooting Radiance (2017) and Vision (2018).
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Dans ses bras (につつまれて, Ni tsutsumarete) (1992) - Escargot (かたつもり, Katatsumori
) (1994) - Sun on the Horizon (陽は傾ぶき, Hi wa katabuki) (1996) - This World (現しよ, Arawashi yo ou Utsushiyo) co-directed with Hirokazu Kore-eda - Suzaku (萌の朱雀, Moe no suzaku) (1996) - Les Enracinés de la montagne (杣人物語, Somaudo monogatari) (1998) - Kaleidoscope (万華鏡, Mangekyo) (1999) - Les Lucioles (火垂, Hotaru) (2000) - La Danse des souvenirs (追臆のダンス, Tsuioku no dansu) (2002) - Shara (沙羅双樹, Sharasojyu) (2003) - Ombre (影-Shadow, Kage-Shadow ) (2004) - Naissance et Maternité (垂乳根, Tarachime) (2006) - La Forêt de Mogari (殯の森, Mogari No Mori) (2007) - Nanayomachi (七夜待) (2008) - Koma (狛) (2009) - Genpin (玄牝) (2010) - Hanezu, l'esprit des montagnes (朱花の月, Hanezu no tsuki) (2011) - Still the Water (2つ目の窓, Futatsume no mado) (2014) - Les Délices de Tokyo (あん, An) (2015) - Vers la lumière (光, Hikari) (2017) - Voyage à Yoshino (2018)