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Suzaku (1997)

Moe no suzaku (original title)
Depicts the dissolution of a small family in a remote Japanese timber village.

Director:

Naomi Kawase

Writer:

Naomi Kawase
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jun Kunimura ... Kozo
Machiko Ono Machiko Ono ... Michiru
Sachiko Izumi Sachiko Izumi ... Sachiko
Kôtarô Shibata Kôtarô Shibata ... Eisuke (as Kotaro Shibata)
Yasuyo Kamimura Yasuyo Kamimura ... Yasuyo
Aidan Nguyen Aidan Nguyen ... Akihiko
Kazufumi Mukohira Kazufumi Mukohira ... Eisuke (childhood)
Sayaka Yamaguchi Sayaka Yamaguchi ... Michiru (childhood)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chiyoko Baba Chiyoko Baba
Kengo Baba Kengo Baba
Takahiro Hagata Takahiro Hagata
Teruo Hanaya Teruo Hanaya
Kyôko Hatayama Kyôko Hatayama
Naoyuki Hatayama Naoyuki Hatayama
Miyuki Hiraya Miyuki Hiraya
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Depicts the life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village. Family head Tahara Kozo lives with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, nephew Eisuke and young daughter Michiru. Economic recession and failed development plans cause tragedy in the family. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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Drama

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

1 November 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Suzaku See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,770
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Kawase Naomi films human emotions in a village near mountains
27 August 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

It is said that a fundamental human activity such as film viewing is essentially an individual experience as there are some films which have to be appreciated by being boisterous.Moe No Suzaku is an offbeat Japanese film that needs to be appreciated in silence.As Kawase Naomi hails from a documentary film background,one can sense a certain hint of documentary film culture in her film especially in the manner how faces of the protagonists have been filmed to achieve a palpable confusion of sentiments.The same thing can be said as the entire film takes place in a remote mountainous village situated in rural Japan. Although this film is largely autobiographical in nature adequate narrative sequences have been added by Naomi Kawase to make it inventive.She shows how ancient traditions have still not disappeared from Japanese villages.We get a chance to see that people can remain happy even by living in coexistence with nature in a small village.Moe No Suzaku would also appeal to many people as a tranquil love story of people who remain unaffected by disturbing emotions.


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