Women In Motion in Japan: Talk featuring Hirokazu Kore-eda and Mayu Matsuoka

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Women In Motion in Japan: Talk featuring Hirokazu Kore-eda and Mayu Matsuoka

To mark the 35th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), Women In Motion will hold an exclusive Talk with filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda and Japanese actress Mayu Matsuoka on October 31, 2022. You can watch the entire discussion on replay on this page from November 15, 2022.

A longstanding commitment

Launched by Kering in 2015, in collaboration with the Festival de Cannes, Women In Motion seeks to highlight women in cinema, both in front of and behind the camera. Since the fight for equality in creation extends beyond cinema, the program has expanded to photography, music, choreography, art and design.

Through its Awards, the program recognizes inspirational figures and young female talent, while its Talks provide an opportunity for leading personalities to share their views on the representation of women in their profession.



Women In Motion and TIFF

Following a first Women In Motion Talk held at TIFF in 2019, featuring actress Shinobu Terajima, movie director Mika Ninagawa, and artist Sputniko!, the program renews its partnership with the festival. This year, Women In Motion features filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, who has won numerous domestic and international awards, including the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2018, and actress Mayu Matsuoka, who appeared in Kore-eda's Shoplifters. Film journalist, Atsuko Tatsuta, will be the Talk facilitator.

These two talented icons will discuss the role of women in the Japanese film industry and its challenges from their different perspectives as a director and an actress. 

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Hirokazu Kore-eda

Hirokazu Kore-eda is a filmmaker born in Tokyo in 1962 who graduated from Waseda University's Faculty of Letters in 1987. After joining TV Man Union where he directed several prize-winning documentary programs, Kore-eda launched his own production company BUN-BUKU, in 2014. His major directing credits include the film Nobody Knows 2004/ Festival de Cannes, Best Actor Award), Air Doll (2009/ Festival de Cannes, Un Certain Regard), the TV series Going Home (2012), Like Father, Like Son (2013/ Festival de Cannes, Jury Prize), Our Little Sister (2015/ Festival de Cannes Official Selection), Shoplifters (Palme d'Or at the 2018 Festival de Cannes, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards), and La Verité (a French-Japanese co-production, official selection in competition at the Venice International Film Festival in 2019). His latest Korean film Broker won the Best Actor Award and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 75th Festival de Cannes.

Mayu Matsuoka

Mayu Matsuoka is an actress born in Tokyo in 1995. She started her career as a child actor and gained attention in The Kirishima Thing and Lesson of the Evil (both in 2012), as well as in the NHK TV series Amachan (2013). Matsuoka also appeared in the Chihayafuru trilogy (2016, 2018) and the NHK TV Series Sanadamaru (2016). She played her first leading role in a film in Tremble All You Want (2017) and appeared in Shoplifters (2018) directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, which won the Palme d'Or at the 71st Festival de Cannes. At the 42nd Academy Awards, she won the Outstanding Leading Actress Award for Tremble All You Want and the Outstanding Supporting Actress Award for Shoplifters. Recent films include Bees And Distant Thunder (2019), Hitoyo (2019), Gekijo (2020), Damashienokiba (2021), and Helldogs: In the house of bamboo (2022). She also appears in the Netflix series The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House scheduled for distribution in 2023, directed by Kore-eda.
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