Into the Picture Scroll—The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa

(“Yamanaka Tokiwa: Ushiwakamaruto tokiwa gozen hahato kono monogatari”)
Director: HANEDA Sumiko

2004 Japanese Subtitled in - Color 35mm 100 min

Photography: WAKABAYASHI Hiromitsu, SODA Kikumatsu
Music: TSURUZAWA Seiji
Narrator: KITA Michie
Cast: KATAOKA Kyoko
Producer: KUDO Mitsuru
  Contact Name: Jiyu Kobo
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[Festivals and prizes] Berlin Forum 2005, Yamagata IDFF 2005, Nantes 2005, and others

[Synopsis] The film revolves around the picture scroll “Yamanaka Tokiwa,” which is said to be the work of the painter Iwasa Matabei, who lived between the 16th and 17th centuries. The theme of the picture scroll is the tale of Ushiwaka-maru and his mother, Lady Tokiwa, which was a popular joruri puppet theater drama in early modern times. By introducing Matabei’s background, light is shed on his state of mind as he painted the picture scroll. The rhythm of the joruri musical accompaniment and the editing is exquisite.


Born 1926 in Dalian, China, Haneda Sumiko graduated from Jiyu Gakuen, and joined Iwanami Productions at its founding. She has been involved in over eighty documentaries, starting with Women’s College in the Village (1957). After The Cherry Tree with Gray Blossoms (1977) she took to independent filmmaking, and has made over ten films including Ode to Mt. Hayachine (1982), How to Care for the Senile (1986), Getting Old without Anxiety (1990) and Woman Was the Sun—The Life of Hiratsuka Raicho (2001). She participated as a juror in the International Competition in YIDFF ’99.