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KANA Tomoko was born in Tokyo in 1971. She became interested in the documentary when she was a university student and appeared on the television documentary program directed by KORE-EDA Hirozaku ( "Nobody Knows" and "Air Doll").

After graduating university, she started her career as a news producer at Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, and went independent in 2000. In 2004, she directed a documentary "From the Land of Bitter Tears"(2004) and won the Japan Journalist Congress award and International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FRANCE). In 2007, she won the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award at the Sundance Film Festival with her first screenplay of a narrative film, "Two by the River", an award given to outstanding writers. The script was selected for European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs’ Ties That Bind – Asia Europe Producers Co-production Workshop 2012 and participated Busan International Film Festival Asian Project Market.

In 2009, she completed "Beautiful Islands ~Memoirs of Sinking Islands~", a feature documentary about three beautiful islands effected by Climate Change- Tuvalu in South Pacific, Venice in Italy and Shishmaref in Alaska. After a world premiere at Busan International Film Festival 2009, winning Asian Cinema Fund AND award, the film opened in theaters in US and Japan in summer 2010.

An oscar-nminated “The Twilight Samurai” (Tasogare Seibei) director YAMADA Yoji served as executive producer for her latest work, “IWASAKI CHIHIRO” (2012), a feature documentary on the unbeknown love and passionate life of Japan’s most reputed pot-war female artist. The film opened nation wide in Japan in summer 2012.

For the complete work list, please download the company catalogue.

She has been involved in numerous environmental activities since she was a student, including participation in forestation projects and processes related to Earth Summit (1992).

 

Contact

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+81-3-3357-5140

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filmography

A Lullaby Under the Nuclear Sky

Year: 2014
Length: 69 minutes
Category: Documentary

Festival participation and awards:
Busan International Film Festival 2014 Official Selection for the Documentary Competition

 

Beautiful Islands ~Memoirs of Sinking Islands~

Year: 2009
Length: 106 minutes
Category: Documentary
Festival participation and awards:
  • Pusan International Film Festival 2009 Official Selection for the Documentary Competition
<Asia Cinema Fund AND Award>
  • The 18th Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival Official Selection
<Earth Vision Award>
  • The 22nd Tokyo International Women's Film Festival (Tokyo International Film Festival) Official Selection
  • 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase Official Selection
  • The 12th Taipei Film Festival Official Selection
  • Green Film Festival in Seoul 2010

Selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture,Sports, Science and Technology (for youth and adult audiences)

IWASAKI CHIHIRO

Year: 2012
Length: 96 minutes
Category: Documentary
Executive Producer: YAMADA Yoji

TWO BY THE RIVER (Tenative)

Year: 2007
Category: Narrative Film Screenplay
Festival participation and awards:
  • Sundance Film Festival
    <Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award (USA)>
  • Busan International Film Festival Asian Project Market
    <EAVE's Tiest That Bind – Asia Europe Producers Co-production Workshop>

From the Land of Bitter Tears

Year: 2004
Length: 87minutes
Category: Documentary
Festival participation and awards:
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival competitive selection (TAIWAN)
  • International Festival of Audiovisual Programs competitive selection (FRANCE)
  • Japan Journalist Congress awards (JAPAN)

Mardiyem – What Happened to Her Life –

Year: 2001
Length: 92 minutes
Category: Documentary

Festival participation:
  • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (JAPAN)