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Hirokazu Kore-eda

#1 Post by Scharphedin2 » Sat Jun 30, 2007 10:14 am

Hirokazu Kore-eda (1962 - )

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When I make a film, I always think of one
person who I want to show this film to.
Sometimes it's a very specific individual,
an actual face that I can conjure up, and
sometimes it's a little bit less specific.

~ Hirokazu Kore-eda
- (Greencine interview, 29 April, 2007)


Filmography

Shikashi Fukushi kirisute no jidainni / However... (1991)

Mou hitotsu no kyouiku - Ina shogakkou haru gumi no kiroku / Lessons from a Calf (1991)

Kare no inai hachigatsu ga / August Without Him (1994)

Maboroshi no hikari / Maborosi (1995) New Yorker (R1) / Bandai (R2 JP) / Spectrum (R3 KR)

Without Memory (1996)

Wandafuru raifu / After Life (1998) New Yorker (R1) / Bandai (R2 JP)

Distance (2001) Bandai (R2 JP) / Panorama (R3 HK)

Dare mo shiranai / Nobody Knows (2004) MGM (R1) / Warner (R1 CA) / Cine-Magi (R2 SE) / Bandai (R2 JP) / Spectrum (R3 KR) / Panorama (R3 HK)

Hana yori mo naho / Even More Than Flowers (2006) Bandai (R2 JP)

Aruitemo aruitemo / Even If You Walk and Walk / Still Walking (2008) Criterion (R1)

Daijôbu de aruyô ni: Cocco owaranai tabi (2008) Documentary

Kûki ningyô / Air Doll (2009) Bandai (R2 JP)

Ayashiki bungô kaidan / Kaidan Horror Classics – Nochi no hi / The Days After (2010) NHK TV

Kiseki / I Wish (2011)

Untitled Kore-eda project (2013)


Forum Discussion

The Best of Japanese Cinema

Kore-eda Documentaries (Japan R2)

Hana yori mo naho / Even More Than Flowers

Maboroshi no hikari

Nobody Knows

Still Walking (Criterion)


Web Resources

Documentarists of Japan # 12 / Koreeda Hirokazu - interview, Aaron Gerow and Tanaka Junko, Documentary Box

The Films of Hirokazu Koreeda - Career overview, Harvard Film Archive, Jan/Feb, 2005

Hirokazu Kore-Eda Remembers "Afterlife" - interview, Maya Churi, indieWIRE, May 12, 1999

Hirokazu Kore-eda - Cameron Bailey, NOW Magazine, February, 2005

Kore-eda Hirokazu Official Website - in Japanese

Midnight Eye - interview, Kuriko Sato, June 28, 2004

Hirokazu Kore-eda: Syncing Up with the After Life - interview, Cathleen Rountree, GreenCine, April 29, 2007

Still Talking to Hirokazu Kore-eda - interview, Steven Erickson, Greencine

Talking to Hirokazu Kore-eda - interview by Cleo Cacoulidis, Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue 47, February 2005
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#2 Post by forweg » Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:27 pm

(posted in the wrong place)
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#3 Post by yoshimori » Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:32 pm

Aaron Gerow and Tanaka Junko's fabulous 20-page Kore'eda interview can be had at docbox 13. Covers everything up to and including After Life with focus on the documentary work.

[PS. The link to the Harvard Film Archive, above, doesn't work for me.]

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#4 Post by Scharphedin2 » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:34 pm

yoshimori wrote:Aaron Gerow and Tanaka Junko's fabulous 20-page Kore'eda interview can be had at docbox 13. Covers everything up to and including After Life with focus on the documentary work.

[PS. The link to the Harvard Film Archive, above, doesn't work for me.]
Thanks Yoshimori. The Harvard link is fixed, and the "Documentary Box" article added to the links section.

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#5 Post by Mise En Scene » Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:37 pm

Does anyone know which version is Kore-eda's preferred cut (if there is indeed a difference between the Japanese version and Hong Kong version that Yes Asia has)?:

Japanese Version - Hong Kong Version

Sorry, please delete this post if it doesn't belong here.

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#6 Post by Michael Kerpan » Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:59 pm

Mise En Scene wrote:Does anyone know which version is Kore-eda's preferred cut (if there is indeed a difference between the Japanese version and Hong Kong version that Yes Asia has)?:

Japanese Version - Hong Kong Version
Not aware that of anything that would suggest that these are different versions of the film, rather than just different DVD releases.

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#7 Post by Mise En Scene » Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:48 pm

Thanks. By the way, MK, is there a DVD of Distance you recommend?

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#8 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:51 pm

Mise En Scene wrote:Thanks. By the way, MK, is there a DVD of Distance you recommend?
I have the Japanese DVD -- and it is subtitled and very good. I'm not certain how any other Asian releases compare -- as I always get the Japanese version of his films as soon as they come out (knowing that other releases will take a while to appear).

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#9 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:38 am

The HK DVD of Distance seems to use the same or similar source materials as the R2J, but it crams the entire film on a DVD5 and suffers from heavy pixellation. But the movie is very grainy to begin with so this is perhaps less damaging than it might've otherwise been. The R2J is clearly superior, but if you're budget-minded or unsure you'll like the film (I love it, but it's probably Koreeda's least ingratiating feature), the Panorama disc isn't a terrible option.

So I take it the documentary box set discussed in this thread never came out?

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#10 Post by zedz » Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:21 pm

The Fanciful Norwegian wrote:The HK DVD of Distance seems to use the same or similar source materials as the R2J, but it crams the entire film on a DVD5 and suffers from heavy pixellation. But the movie is very grainy to begin with so this is perhaps less damaging than it might've otherwise been. The R2J is clearly superior, but if you're budget-minded or unsure you'll like the film (I love it, but it's probably Koreeda's least ingratiating feature), the Panorama disc isn't a terrible option.
This is the one I got, simply because I was curious about the film and it was really cheap from yesasia. If you're at all interested in Koreeda's work, this is a must-see. As noted, it's less immediately accessible than the films before and after it, but it might be my favourite so far (only 'might' because I haven't seen Maborosi since it first came out).

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#11 Post by Michael Kerpan » Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:12 pm

Unless the Korean version of Maborosi matches the Japanese one, the Japanese version is a must-have. Incomparably better looking than other releases -- and nice (but unsubbed) extras, including a re-visit by Makiko Esumi (10 years after the film was shot) to the Noto peninsula, locale of the film. (Spoiler -- lots of little old market ladies still remember her).
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#12 Post by Mise En Scene » Wed Jan 09, 2008 4:26 pm

TFN, zedz, MK, much appreciated!

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Re: Hirokazu Kore-eda

#13 Post by eljacko » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:39 pm

This weekend, until Sept. 1, BAMcinematek is running a series on Kore-eda's work, beginning with Still Walking. It and the screening of Nobody Knows will include a Q&A with Koreeda himself. I, of course, have to leave town this weekend, but maybe other New Yorkers here will want to see?

I just saw After Life and Hana for the first time today, and I think they're fantastic. I hope to check out some of the documentaries, and maybe Maborosi (since I've only seen it on the awful NYer disc several years ago).

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#14 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:40 am

So far, the only documentary I've seen is Lessons From a Calf -- which i enjoyed watching. All the documentaries were shown in Boston (or wza it Cambridge) once upon a time -- but (for some reason which I now forget) I could not make _any_ of the screenings.

I hope that they are showing a new restored print of Maborosi -- the previous print in circulation is essentially identical to the New Yorker DVD (which was purely the fault of the Japanese rights holders).

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#15 Post by Jun-Dai » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:37 pm

Sadly I was out of town for the BamCinematek retrospective as well :-(

But I just got back and saw Still Walking. I should probably wait to think about it more, and rewatch it, but I daresay it's his best since Maboroshi (haven't seen Hana yet, though), even if I didn't care much for the guitar soundtrack.

I wonder what Kore-eda and Hou think of each others' work—they seem to be heading in somewhat similar directions.

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#16 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun Sep 06, 2009 8:41 pm

Jun-Dai wrote:I wonder what Kore-eda and Hou think of each others' work—they seem to be heading in somewhat similar directions.
My (somewhat vague) recollection is that Kore'eda once said that HHH was more of an influence on him than Ozu.

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#17 Post by Jun-Dai » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:04 pm

Michael Kerpan wrote:My (somewhat vague) recollection is that Kore'eda once said that HHH was more of an influence on him than Ozu.
That would make a lot of sense. While Still Walking seems like an intentional nod towards Ozu in a lot of ways (focus on family relations, importance of dialogue and character over story, and the presence of a lot of very Ozu-like camerawork), this and his other films do seem more closely linked to HHH in general. Something to do with the acting, and the tendency to focus on the characters being spoken to rather than the speaking characters, I think.

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#18 Post by Morgan Creek » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:01 pm

From a recent (August 12, 2009) NYT interview:

“I think my parents would have been more comfortable if they were more like characters in an Ozu film,” Mr. Kore-eda said. A more relevant Japanese master, “in terms of a worldview I feel much closer to,” he added, is Mikio Naruse, whose characters are usually more openly anguished: “His movies really understand that humans are flawed creatures, and he makes no judgment against them.”

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#20 Post by Jun-Dai » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:20 pm

If the ja wikipedia entry is correct, and my youtube skills are up to par, then he directed this music video. It's mostly just a slideshow, though.

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#22 Post by manicsounds » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:54 am

Watched "I Wish" today (on a double-bill with "Super 8", 2 kid-centered movies), and it definitely isn't Koreeda's best, but it is a wonderful film filled with great moments. Not as depressing as "Nobody Knows", it is a lot more lighthearted and uplifting in many ways. Hilarious too as the 2 little brothers, are real-life brothers, and are both actually accomplished comedians (Yes, they are both elementary school kids, but are on a level with their adult peers) so their performances are quite good and believable. Gives you a definite smile on the face by the end. On par in emotional level with Kitano's "Kikujiro" to an extent.

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#23 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:18 pm

I can't wait to see I Wish -- but I guess I will to wait (for quite a while) all the same. ;~}

Thanks for your first-hand advance report.

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#24 Post by Finch » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:47 pm

I'll blind-buy the first English-friendly Asian Blu-Ray of this (if the Japanese don't bother, then hopefully Hongkong or Korea will step in). God knows how long it may take for the film to appear in the West.

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#25 Post by manicsounds » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:51 am

I Wish (Kiseki)

Japanese blu-ray Nov/9/2011 with English subtitles.

Japanese limited edition DVD with English subtitles as well.

The listing says the limited edition DVD will include a 4 page booklet, Making-of, Interviews, Trailers, and TV Commercials.

The BD will include trailers and tv commercials only. Why? I dunno.

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