Japanese Panorama

Tei-chan’s Roots

- JAPAN / 2001 / Japanese / Color, B&W / Video / 14 min

Tei-chan and the director spent every day together in middle school and high school. But however much they were together, they never talked about the fact that Tei-chan was zainichi (Korean-Japanese). After she entered university, Tei-chan began to introduce herself using her Korean name. Tei-chan's childhood friend takes this as a cue to express friendship and inquire into the world of zainichi Koreans.

35.4 °C

- JAPAN / 2001 / Japanese / Color / Video / 3 min

• For both films
Director, Script, Photography, Editing, Sound, Narrator, Source:
Tanaka Miwa
212-1-202 Shimozaichi-cho, Iwakura, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0013 JAPAN

Based on the idea of the relationship between “you and I,” this video record from the perspective of young people realistically depicts a microcosm of everyday life.

[Director’s Statement] I was able to find a new form of communication with people using a digital video camera. Rather than confining myself to internal matters, I want to continue to make films that are directed outward and explore the relationship between people and the world.


- Tanaka Miwa

Using a digital video camera and a Macintosh, began creating works in a variety of genres, including documentaries, animation, and short dramas in 2000. Was awarded the Tokyo Video Festival Video Communication Prize and the Extra Prize, Personal Vision in 2001. Her animation has been broadcasted on latenight television. Has also made commercials for companies including NTT DoCoMo.

• Japanese Panorama | My Wife’s Features | Then, She Closes Another Eye | An Error with Wings | Tei-chan’s Roots | 35.4 °C | Nippon Suicide Pact | Dialogue 1999 | Takashi and His Friends | A Patch of Blue Sky