NARAtiveNARAtive 2010

"LAST CHESTNUTS"

Directed by: Zhao Ye (China)
Location: Kashihara City, Nara

光男の栗
Japan / 2010年 / DVcam / 60 min / English subtitle/ Distributed by NIFF

<Story>
One day, one mother (Kaori Momoi) to be hospitalized in Tokyo arrives at Kashihara city, Nara. The reason she comes up to Nara is to find her son. But the only clues she has are her memories and some pictures in the digital camera which her son forgot in the hospital in Tokyo. After the long journey of finding her son, what his mother finds is nice friends, the beautiful nature of Nara, and her own deep love to her son. Suffering from the terminal cancer, she tries to find but misses him...
This is just a family love story in Kashihara, but the theme is universal.

<Staff>
Director: Zhao Ye
Writer: Zhao Ye
Producer: Naomi Kawase
Director of Photography: Hideyo Nakano
Lighting: Kosuke Yamamoto
Sound: Eiji Mori

<Cast>
Kaori Momoi
Setsuko Dodo
Shigeki Uda

<Director's Profie>
Zhao Ye was born in 1979 and graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2004. In the same year, he directed a short animation film "Cai Wei-Weed Picker." In 2007 he directed the first long film "Ma Wo Jia" which was released in many film festivals, and also won a prize in China. In 2008 his second film "Jalainur" won Fiprescif Prize at the 13th Pusan International Film Festival. The film was also screened at Vancouver International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and so on.


"BION"

Direcotr: Toyoko Yamazaki (Japan)
Location: Tahara area, Nara

びおんJapan/ 2010 / DVcam / 60min / English subtitle / Distributed by NIFF

<Story>
Shiho, 28 years old, separated from her mother when she was little. Since then, she lived with a trauma at heart. After a long time, she finally goes to see her mother, who does not respond to Shiho warmly. Shiho's wretchedness upsets her more and more. Before long, however, she is suddenly informed of her mother's death by a traffic accident. From that moment she gets confused with her position of "her mother's guarantor," which, of course, she does not like. Living her life with great depressions in her mind, she goes to a cooking school once a week, and it becomes her emotional mainstay. One day after the school, she meets a wood craft artist, Makoto, in Tawara. After the encounter with Makoto, she finds a small happiness in her life. But their peaceful days didn't last long. Embraced in the bosom of the nature of Nara, with 1,300 year's history. Shiho and Makoto will see...

<Staff>
Director: Toyoko Yamasaki
Writer: Toyoko Yamasaki
Producer: Naomi Kawase
Director of Photography: Masami Inomoto
Lighting: Chikara Abe
Sound: Hironori Ito

<Cast>
Akiko Monou
Tohta Komizu
Lily

<Director's Profie>
Toyoko Yamasaki was born in Osaka in 1975. After graduating from Visual Arts College in Osaka, she got a job at company which produced TV shows, and founded an independent filmmaking company, "Okoku."At the 13th Nagaoka Asian Film Festival, she won jury's special award.

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