Japanese women directors

J.sharp j.sharp
Sat Dec 23 06:55:50 EST 2006

I am really interested in the case of pre-Islamic revolution Iranian cinema,
because it seems it was far more European in its aspirations and content
than one would imagine nowadays - lots of films we'd nowadays file under the
'cult' or 'exploitation' fields from what I understand, like Turkish cinema,
although they all seem to be to all intents and purposes lost nowadays.

As for Samira Makhmalbaf, I'm a little surprised you've not seen any works,
as she seems to be one of the most prominent Iranian directors working
nowadays. She's the daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar, The Cyclist), 
whose family cottage industry of filmmakers is perhaps the most significant
movement in Iranian cinema today. His wife Marzieh Meshkini directed The Day
I Became A Woman, and the absolutely startling Stray Dogs, while his second
daughter Hana made Joy of Madness, a making of documentary of Samira's At
Five in the Afternoon, while their brother Maysam also made a making-of
documentary of Samira's Blackboards.

Getting carried away with my excitement for Iranian cinema there, but
meandering back to Japan, there's also the great case of Shiori Kazama, who
won the Pia Film Festival scholarship in the mid-80s when she was only 16,
and went on to make How Old the River (Fuyu no Kappa, 1995), The Mars Canon
(Kasei no Kanon, 2002) and World's End (2005) - although hasnt been half as
prolific as she deserves.


> For more recent
> cinema, you must check out the work of Samira Makhmalbaf (daughter of
> Mohsen M.). It could be there were more Iranian female directors than
> Japanese before 1979.
> Markus
> Markus

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