@Kohei Oguri

Kohei Oguri was born in Gunma prefecture, northern Japan, in 1945, and worked as a freelance assistant director to Kirio Urayama and Masahiro Shibata. He made his directing debut in 1981 with gDoro no Kawah, which was voted number one in KINEMA JUNPOfs best ten list, as well as receiving the Blue Ribbon Prize and the Mainichi Competition for Best Director. The film was also nominated for the Moscow Film Festival Silver Prize and the American Academy Prize (Foreign Films Section).

In 1984 came gKayako no Tame-nih (For Kayako) written by Lee Hwe-Song, which won the George Sadule Prize, a first for a Japanese director. In 1990, gShi no Togeh won both the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize of the Jury and the FIPRESCI. All three of these films were set in the 1950s, and dealt with the themes of post war life and gthe Japanese and Ih.

In 1996 gNemuru Otokoh became the first film to be both written and directed by Oguri, and it drew much attention from being produced and set in his native Gunma prefecture. Now, nine years on, 2005 sees Ogurifs latest endeavor, gUmoregih.


2005 The Buried Forest (Umoregi)

1996 Sleeping Man (Nemuru Otoko)

1990 Sting of Death (Shi no Toge)

1984 For Kayako (Kayako no Tame-ni)

1981 Muddy River (Doro no Kawa)


@Sleeping Man
@(35mm / color / 103 min / American vista / Dolby)
@@Directed by Kohei Oguri

@The village of Hitosuji lies along a river flowing out of
the mountains. In a farmer's house, Takuji lies unconscious.
@Back from South America, he had an accident in the mountains.
@Several Southeast Asian women work in a bar.
@One of them, Tia once had a son who drowned in a flood caused by
@deforestation in her own country. Kamimura is a
@schoolmate of Takuji. Coming to visit his friend, he starts to
@remember how they would play as boys, and a hut they used to
@visit deep in the forest. As the seasons pass, the villagers come
@to know Tia, and she learns of Takuji. With the summer comes
@a change in Takuji's condition.

@Ahn Sunk-ki, Christine Hakim, Koji Yakusho

@Director: Kohei Oguri/Screenplay: Kohen Oguri, Kiyoshi Kenmochi/
@Music: Toshio Hosokawa/Art Director Yoshinaga Yokoo/
@Cinematography: Osamu Maruike/Lighting: Hideaki Yamakawa/
@Recording: Soichi Inoue/Editor: Nobuo Ogawa
@1996 Sleeping Man Production Committee

The Buried Forest
(35mm/color/European Vista/Dolby SR/93 minuites)
Directed by Kohei Oguri

The action takes place in a small town near the mountains. The heroine, MACHI, is a high school student, who has yet to find her direction in life. One day, she and her friends start making up a story, which they decide to continue as a kind of relay. One after another, the girls continue the dreamlike tale, which unfolds like a gfuture historyh, invisible to the protagonists.

Meanwhile, for the adults of the town things are different. Their gstoryh is forged from the realities of life, and from their past. The two stories progress side by side, never seeming to cross. And yet, within each story, similarities begin to emerge.

One day, a heavy rainstorm causes a landslide at the croquet pitch. The storm reveals a buried forest, preserved since the eruption of a volcano centuries ago.

By and by, the separate realms of dreams, stories, past, present and future all start to amalgamate, creating a fantasy world...

Karen, Hiromitsu Tosaka, Tadanobu Asano, Akira Sakata, Taka Okubo, Sumiko Sakamoto, Yuko Tanaka, Mitsuru Hirata, Ittoku Kishibe

Director: Kohei Oguri / Cinematographer: Norio Teranuma / Art Director: Yoshinaga Yokoo / Art Director: Koichi Takeuchi / Lighting: Meicho Tomiyama / Sound: Masato Yano / Editor: Nobuo Ogawa/ VFX Supervisor: Art Durinski / VFX Director: Norio Ishii

2005 The Buried Forest Production Committee