MIHARA was born in 1964. He is from Kyoto, Japan. He Graduated from Art Planning Department of Osaka University of Arts. While he is at the university, he started 8 and 16 mm filming. He filmed adolescence life of boys and girls in his local area where is west part of Japan. For MIHARA’S creative works, City of Osaka presented a cultural award for young filmmakers named; SAKUYA KONOHANA SYO, to him in 1994. He does not only filming but also directing or writing for TV dramas.
NUTRITION INGRIDIENDS LABEL (1990)
THE WIND KINGDOM (1992)
VITAMIN OF MIDSUMMER (1993)
SLAP HAPPY (1996)
BURN WITH PING PONG (1997)
ARUHI CHIBI GA ITAYO (1997)
HIROINE NANIWA BOMBERS (1998)
THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT ERIE (2000)
TOMORROW IS SURE… (2001)
DODGE GO GO (2002)
THE VILLAGE ALBUM (2004)
Kayokyoku dayo Jinsei ha [Part 5: Onna no Michi] (2007)
The Village Album
[Original Title: Mura no Shashinshu]
(2004 / 35mm / Color / 111min / 1:1.85/ DOLBY SR / Japan)
Director: Mitsuhiro MIHARA
In the near feature, the village of HANATANI will be sunk in a dam. In the village, there is an old photo studio which is open, but not a customer in sight. The owner of the shop, KENICHI, is an old-fashioned stubborn man. His wife had passed away already, and he lives with his second daughter, KANA. His defiant son, TAKASHI lives in Tokyo alone as an assistant photographer. His first daughter, NORIKO also left, and KENICHI does not even know where she lives.
One day, a message was left on TAKASHI’S answering machine in his shabby apartment. That is this story’s beginning. A public worker of the village, NOHARA wanted to leave a memory of the beautiful village forever, and asked TAKASHI and KENICHI to make “The Village Album“, a photograph collection of all of the families that live in the village.
Because of his girlfriend, RIN’S advice, TAKASHI listened to the request reluctantly. To manage taking the pictures, the father and the son visit each of the houses by walking through the village surrounded by a large natural setting. But their shadows never overlap because there is a deep gap between their emotions…
Cast: Fuji TATSUYA, Ken KAITO, Mao MIYAJI, Masahiro KOMOTO, PACE WU, Mutsuko SAKURA, Kazue FUKIISHI (GUEST STAR), Ren OSUGI, Tomoyo HARADA
Executive Producers: Kenji TAKAHARA, Shigehiro NAKAGAWA, Hisaaki TAI, Mamoru KONDO / Producers: Hiroshi MATSUYAMA, Shinichi FUTAMURA, Yasushi MIZOGUCHI, Toru OKADA / Film Producer: Kazushi MIKI / Filming: Shigeru HONDA / Lighting: Toshihide TAKASAKA / Recording: Hitoshi TSURUMAKI / Art: Fumiaki SUSAKA / Costume: Takako HAMAI / Make-up: Midori KONUMA / Scripter: Toko IKUTA / Editor: Ryuji MIYAJIMA / Sound Effects: Kenji SIBAZAKI / Co-Producer: Masaharu TAKE / Film Production Control: Ryo MURATA / Line Producer: Kazuyoshi ISHIDA / Photographic Supervisor: Yoshihiro TATSUKI / Writing&Director: Mitsuhiro MIHARA
(C)2004 The Village Album Production Committee.