Background information on "HARUKO" Director List of credits
Background information on "HARUKO"

In the early twentieth century, Japan colonialized the Korean Peninsula.
Back then, Cheju Island, located on the southern tip of the peninsula and the birthplace of Haruko Kim, was also stricken with severe poverty and racial discrimination.
A regular sevice between Cheju and Japan was opened, and many Koreans chose to sail to Japan to begin a new life there.

This documentary, "HARUKO," portrays the life of a Korean woman who moved to Japan in the pre-war days. Three generations later, the family has learned to adapt to their new surroundings after enduring many hardships along the way.

Her son, a cameraman working for the local North Korean organization based in Japan, had recorded the hard life suffered by his family and his mother on film since the days of the Korean War.

The film documents the era when Shinjuku, currently one of Asia's largest entertainment districts, was still the slums, and has captured rare images of people surviving the difficult times. Haruko, who was willing to go on the wrong side of the law in order to feed her family, can be seen arrested by the police, being released, then being attained again, just so that she could put food in the mouths of her offsprings in a foreign land.

The feature-length version of a documentary previously aired on Fuji Television which won the Galaxy Award for outstanding documentaries.

Unconquerable Passion" that sustained one woman through all the hardships `KOYUKI (actress)`
This film appeals to every one of us `Yoshiharu Tsuge (comic writer)`
It inspires enduring sense of deep awe and nostalgia `Yasuhiro Nakasone (former prime minister)`


Kazuyuki Nozawa Director, "HARUKO"

Born 1954 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Upon receiving a M.A. from Rikkyo University, becomes an assistant director for documentary films, moving on to the world of television documentaries. Utilizing his vast knowledge of anthropology from his studies, his productions center around culture and social themes.

Directs his theatrical debut documentary, "HARUKO"

eceives the Galaxy Award for "A SEPARATED
KOREAN-JAPANESE FAMILY" (The made-for-television documentary which became the basis of "HARUKO")

2002 and before
"A SELF-MADE FARMER, HIS FOURTH YEAR" depicting the hardships of a salary man-turned-farmer "FINAL YEARS AMONG STRANGERS"
"TRACKING THE ROOTS OF TSUGARU SHAMISEN" comparing the traditional Japanese Tsugaru shamisen and jazz and blues
coverage of how the notorious cult affects Japanese youth Receives his first Galaxy Award for "LIVING BY THE RIVER," following the life of a homeless couple.

List of credits

Director: Kazuyuki Nozawa
Photography: Kazuyuki Nozawa, Kim Seong Hak
Screenplay: Naoya Kamikubo
Editing: Koji Nakatani
Music: Masami Katano
Narration: Yoshio Harada

Executive Producers: Chihiro Kameyama, Hideaki Ota
Producer: Hiroki Okada
Co-producer: Toru Miyazawa

Produced by: Fuji Television Network, Inc.
All rights reserved 2004