八重の桜 - Yae no sakura

Creative Direction

Driven and motivated by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011. The drama is located in the Aizu Wakamatsu region, the long suffered and restored battle field in the Japanese history. I visited there many times to the devastated area. It was an emotionally hard task, to take in not just the story of the drama, but the history behind and the depression for the inspiration. While spending time thinking about the theme, suffering and restoration, I realized that I was encouraged. I was unconscious of the tears falling on my cheeks at the recording of the title track by NHK orchestra and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

未曾有の震災がきっかけで始まったドラマ。想像を絶するような挫折と再生の歴史がある会津若松が舞台である。何度も足を運び、震災で被害にあった東北地方も目の当たりにした。タイトルバックを制作するのに、そのドラマの作品だけではなく、現代の現実に起こっている状況をもインスピレーションに取り込んでいくという心をすり減らすような創作だった。挫折と再生をテーマにした映像を目指していたが、実のところ励まされているのは僕のほうだった。坂本龍一氏とNHK交響楽団によるテーマ曲の録音に立ち会った時、そして300人を超える子供たちと最後のシーンを撮影した時は、思わず泣いてしまった。

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Creators Part by : Kazuyo Onoyama

Creators Part by : Kazuyo Onoyama

Creators Part by : Ayako Fukumitsu

Creators Part by : Ayako Fukumitsu

Creators Part by : WOW

Creators Part by : WOW

Creators Part by : Ranshu Yano

Creators Part by : Ranshu Yano

Creators Part by : Ena Furuya

Creators Part by : Ena Furuya

Creators Part by : Tomoko Kawao

Creators Part by : Tomoko Kawao

Creators Part by : Genki Ito

Creators Part by : Genki Ito

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Director/Cinematographer : Seiichi Hishikawa

Featuring Artists : Kazuyo Onoyama , Ayako Fukumitsu , WOW , Ranshu Yano , Ena Furuya , Tomoko Kawao , Genki Ito
Drama Director : Taku Kato , Masae Ichiki (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Music : Ryuichi Sakamoto , NHK Symphony Orchestra
Costume Design : 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE
1st Assistant Director : Yutaka Obara
2nd Assistant Director : Kyohei Fujita
D.O.P : Tomoichi Kimura (glow's.Ltd)
Lighting Director : Koji Nishiyama
On-line Editor : Hitoshi Kimura (BOOK Inc.)
Off-line Editor : Ryosei Suzuki
CGI : Takeo Saito , Natsumi Suzuki
Production Manager : Tadashi Egawa , Kenji Hayakawa (glow's.Ltd)
Post Production Manager : Masaya Yamada (BOOK Inc.)
Line Producer : Takashi Ueno , Noritaka Moriguchi , Koji Karatsu

Chief Producer : Shinsuke Naito (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
Producer : Syunichi Higuchi (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Thanks for big help
Fukushima great many kids and people

Client : NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

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