1 user 19 critic

Hanezu no tsuki (2011)

Woodwork artist Takumi moves to a small village Asuka.He then meets Kayoko,a woman who went to the same school as Takumi.Kayoko is fascinated with the color hanezu(crimson); lives with boyfriend Tetsuya.Soon,she falls in love with Takumi.



(based on the novel by), (screenplay)
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Moe no suzaku (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Depicts the dissolution of a small family in a remote Japanese timber village.

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Kôtarô Shibata, Yasuyo Kamimura, Chiyoko Baba
Nanayomachi (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young woman leaves her job and lover in Japan to start a new life in Thailand.

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Kyoko Hasegawa, Grégoire Colin, Jun Murakami
Sharasôju (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Aso family live in the old town of Nara. One Day, Kei, one of the Aso's twin boys suddenly disappears. Five years later seventeen-year old Shun, the remaining twin, is an art student. ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Kohei Fukungaga, Yuka Hyyoudo, Naomi Kawase
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

On a subtropical island, a teenage couple deal with the interwoven cycle of life, death and love.

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Nijirô Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Miyuki Matsuda
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A care-giver at a small retirement home takes one of her patients for a drive to the country, but the two wind up stranded in a forest where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey.

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Yôichirô Saitô, Kanako Masuda, Machiko Ono
Sweet Bean (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
Genpin (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

About Tadashi Yoshimura's maternity clinic where he practice "natural births" deep in the forest of Okazaki (Japan).

Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Tadashi Yoshimura
Hotaru (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars: Yûko Nakamura, Toshiya Nagasawa, Miyako Yamaguchi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A three-tiered story centered on a trio of French tourists visiting the same seaside resort.

Director: Sang-soo Hong
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Joon-sang Yoo, Yu-mi Jung
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Part of the Jeonju Digital Project, Visitors consists of three films from three different directors. "Lost in the Mountains," by Hong Sang Soo. "Koma" by Naomi Kawase, and "Butterflies have no Memories" by Lav Diaz.

Directors: Lav Diaz, Sang-soo Hong, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Yu-mi Jung, Kazuki Kitamura, Joung Yumi
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka
Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr.


Credited cast:
Tetsuya Akikawa ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taiga Komizu
Akaji Maro
Norio Nishikawa
Miyako Yamaguchi
Yokio Yoshioka

What You Missed at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

From the madness of the convention floor to the emotional panel reveals and star-studded interviews, catch up on all the unforgettable sights from Comic-Con.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con



A woman is torn between two men and two ways of life in this drama from writer and director Naomi Kawase. Kayoko (Hako Oshima) lives a serene existence in Asuka, a village where nature and civilization live in harmony, and she spends her days making scarves and dying them crimson using natural materials. Kayoko shares her home with her long-time boyfriend Tetsuya (Tetsuya Akikawa), who makes his living in the publishing industry and tends his garden in his spare time. While Tutsuya is away on business, Kayoko discovers she's pregnant, which presents her with a serious dilemma -- she's been having an affair with Takumi (Tohta Komizu), a wood sculptor who lives nearby and possesses an earthy sensuality Tatsuya does not. Koyoko is uncertain which man is the father of her child, and when she tells Takumi her secret, he suggests that as much as he cares for her, he's not certain theirs is a love that will last, with the troubled relationship between his grandfather and her grandmother ...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

love | sculptor | f rated | bicycle | fire | See All (8) »





Official Sites:



Release Date:

3 September 2011 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Hanezu  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Synthetic forest
23 March 2013 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Sharasojyu, by the same filmmaker, wowed me recently. It was, as I wrote the other day, some of the best cinematic Zen I know, which in my book is the highest praise. However, inspiration can be a fickle muse as this other film demonstrates.

The difference between the two films is subtle but vital. It's not a bad film by any means, it's in the same vein about coming and going, about being there as you quietly yearn for something else. It has some of the same enveloping nature.

The first half is pretty good, a woman is torn between her reasonable but boring boyfriend, and a bohemian sculptor she knows. This is layered with love stories of their grandparents, compromised marriage and untimely death. An ancient city is being excavated nearby, as meant to point to the same cycles of life through time, memories as they're dug up.

It's just that when you set nature and mood a certain way, as the filmmaker has here, unusually sparse and quiet, it helps to take care of what you use as dramatic counterpoint. The filmmaker didn't, so all the stuff about loving, losing and memory as someone dying in the second half come off as particularly loud and constructed, almost in bad taste.

Which in turn, imbues her lovely sunsets and mountains with a sophomoric sense of importance. Whereas the other film was the quiet rustling of the forest, this is as if someone is trying to pluck each rustling sound from a synthesizer to create nature, artificial.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: