2015, Colour, Japan, First Films World Competition


Production Team

Director : Yassuo Okuaki

Screenwriter : Namba Nozomu

Cinematographer : Hiroshi Iwanaga

Cast : Rina Takeda, Ren Osugi, Mariko Tutui, Mei Kurokawa, Ryu Morioka, Nanako Okouchi, Keiko Shirasu, Masayuki Shida

Music : Koji Igarashi

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Shinsuke Mae, Nuovo Inc., 101 Meguro-Gyoninzaka Apt 1-4-4 Shimomeguro, Meguroku, Tokyo, 153-0064 (Japon), tél.: +81 (03) 5719 75 25, [email protected]



Akane, a young woman who lives in a small rural town in Japan, loses her mother when she is a child, and cannot overcome the loss. Akane’s father had left her mother’s side before she passed away because he went to perform kagura, a traditional ritual dance at Japanese festivals. Akane has never forgiven him and seldom talks to him. Not that he doesn’t regret his action. He too was deeply affected by his wife’s death and he never performed kagura again. Akane leaves home after high school graduation, and starts a new life far away in Tokyo. But life in the big city is overwhelming and Akane returns home after 5 years. Thirteen years after her mother’s death death, Akane’s father has decided to come out of retirement, just to be able to dance in the big 60th anniversary festival. But he has aged. He has serious health problems. He collapses in rehearsal and it becomes clear that he won’t be able to perform. But Akane’s heart has softened. How can she help him? Perhaps by learning kagura?



Yassuo Okuaki graduated in visual communications from the Kuwasawa Design Institute. In 1999 he founded Nuovo Inc to making promotional movies, music videos and commercials, as well as wedding films. KAGURA-ME marks his directorial debut.



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