GENPIN (2010)


92min / 35mm&HD / 2010

The title, Genpin, overlays the words of the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, "The valley spirit never dies / It is named the mysterious woman (genpin)." In the film, the obstetrician Yoshimura Tadashi reflects on the relationship between childbirth and death, and observes, more as a human being than a doctor, that to deny death is to deny life. Life born into this world, life that ends at the moment of birth, life that ends before birth. Lives do not cease as a solitary life, but are carried on by the species, and continue. Through the flux of the Japanese seasons, Naomi Kawase entered the circle of the women giving birth at the Yoshimura Clinic and the world of Dr. Yoshimura, who has spent 40 years on the path of natural childbirth, and wove the footage she shot with her own 16mm camera into this film.

Award / Invitation

FIPRESCI Award,San Sebastian International Film Festival
Best Cinematography,Riverrun International Film Festival

Crews & Productions

Directed by: Naomi Kawase
Producer: Yuko Naito
Production: KUMIE
Distribution: Tofoo
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affair, Government of Japan
Special Thanks: Yoshimura Clinic


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