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Genpin

Naomi Kawase
Japan
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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.
Director
Naomi Kawase
Screenplay
Naomi Kawase
Photography
Naomi Kawase
Edition
Yusuke Kaneko
Music
Pascals, Rocket Matsu Soinua / Sound / Sonido Nobuyuki Kikuchi
Cast
Tadashi Yoshimura
Running Time
92 m.
Country
Japan
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© San Sebastian International Film Festival | Developed by: Yo Miento Producciones
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