My Wife’s Features(“Tsuma no kao”)
- Director: KAWAMOTO Akito
2001 Japanese Subtitled in English Color Video 115 min
Producer: KAWAMOTO Akito
Photography: KAWAMOTO Akito
Editing: KAWAMOTO Akito, ONOSE Koki
Sound: KAWAMOTO Akito
International Sales: KAWAMOTO Akito
3-11-9 Yahata, Saeki-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima 731-5116 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Yamagata IDFF 2001, Nippon Connection 2003 (Germany), Vermont (2003)
[Synopsis] The family life of a Hiroshima a-bomb victim 50 years after the war, from the eyes of her husband.
The director’s wife Kiyoko, whom he married in 1953 when he was a student, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer as a result of her exposure to the atomic bomb. Meanwhile, other serious problems presented themselves to her in family life, namely her feud with the director’s mother (her mother-in-law). Under the conventional family structure and value systems, this was an internal abyss that she could not complain about openly. The documentary is a record of the director’s wife’s half-century of “atomic bomb ailment” under those conditions.
Born in 1927, 74 years old. After graduating from Hiroshima University in zymology (fermentation engineering), worked managing a sake factory. Began taking 8mm movies upon the birth of his eldest son. Made The Hiroshima Inside Me when his wife Kiyoko was diagnosed with atomic bomb sickness in 1968. Continues to film her experience with thyroid cancer from the stance of a husband filming his wife over the years.