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Encyclopedia > Koreeda Hirokazu

Hirokazu Koreeda (是枝裕和 Koreeda Hirokazu, born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese film director. His films explore themes of memory, death and coming to terms with loss.

Koreeda originally planned to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University instead worked as an assistant director making documentaries for TV Man Union. He snuck off set to direct his first film, Lessons from a Calf (1991).

Has produced films for directors Miwa Nishikawa and Yusuke Iseya.



  1. Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)
  2. 帰ってきた刑事まつりはくれちゃった刑事 (2003)
  3. Distance (2001)
  4. After Life (1998)
  5. Without Memory (1996)
  6. This World (1996)
  7. Maborosi (1995)
  8. August Without Him (1994)
  9. However (1991)
  10. Lessons From a Calf (1991)


Further reading

  • "After Life" (Review) by Jonathan Ellis. Film Quarterly, Vol. no. 57, Issue no. 1, pp. 32-37. ISSN: 0015-1386.
  • "This is your life: Tony Rayns interviews After Life's director Koreeda Hirokazu" Sight & Sound, March 1999.

External links

  • Official Website (in Japanese) (http://www.kore-eda.com/)

See also: Cinema of Japan



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