MOGARI-The Mourning Forest (2007)

Fiction Feature

2007 / Japan & France / 97 min

Shigeki lives in a small retirement home. He feels comfortable and happy here with the other residents and the gentle and caring hospital staff.
Machiko, one of the home's staff pays special attention to him. However she is secretly haunted by the loss of her child.
After celebrating Shigeki's birthday Machiko decides to take him for a drive in the countryside. Making their way along the scenic back-roads the car is forced into a ditch by a land-slide and it is here that they embark on their journey of discovery together.
As Shigeki determinedly heads off into the forest, Machiko has no choice but to follow. After two exhausting days trudging through the dense wood they finally arrive at Shigeki's wife's tomb.

Festival de Cannes Press Conference & Closing Cceremony:

Award / Invitation

Grand Prix, Festival de Cannes 2007

Crews & Productions

Writer/Director Naomi KAWASE
Cinematographer Hideyo NAKAMO
Lighting Designer Masami IMURA
Sound Recordist Shigetake AO
Set Designer Toshihiro ISOMI
Composer Masamichi SHIGENO
Editor Tina Baz
Executive Producer Hengameh Panahi
Supported by Agency for Cultural Affair (Government of Japan)
Centre National de la Cinématographie
Co-produced by Celluloid Dreams, Visual Arts College Osaka, KUMIE


Shigeki UDA
Machiko ONO
Yoichiro SAITO