MIKA NINAGAWA

WORKS

FILM
No Longer Human
2019 (120 minutes)
Ningenshikkaku (No Longer Human, published in 1948), completed shortly before the author’s death, is one of top Japanese fiction writer Osamu Dazai’s best-selling works, accumulating record sales of 12 millions copies. Written from the perspective of three women involved with him, Dazai skilfully depicts how the idea of losing one’s humanity is born. With a wife and child in tow, Dazai finds himself flung into romances and multiple suicide attempts, the women involved ultimately wanting to fulfill their own selfish desires. In contrast to the novel, this dramatic movie portrays the women as strong and robust characters exuding fresh and alluring beauty. With undeniable appeal, charisma and talent, Osamu Dazai played by Oguri Shun, becomes entangled with three women in his life; his wife played by Rie Miyazawa, the mistress played by Erika Sawajiri, and a heartfelt companion portrayed by Fumi Nikaido. Jun Miyake, one of music’s greatest masters, joins the team in this star-filled ensemble. The movie opens 13 September, 2019.
Director: Mika Ninagawa
Script: Kaeko Hayafune
Music: Jun Miyake
Cinematography: Ryuto Kondo
Production Design: Enzo
Costume Design: Tetsuro Nagase
Cast: Shun Oguri
Rie Miyazawa
Erika Sawajiri
Fumi Nikaido
Diner
2019 (117 minutes)
Diner, originally a novel by Yumeaki Hirayama, had been deemed impossible to depict as a film due to its radical content. To tackle the difficult task of “creating a film without age restrictions”, Ninagawa employed creative tactics true to form, such as replacing blood splashes with red rose petals, and using rain and cherry blossoms as a backdrop for a battle scene. Former murderer and genius chef, portrayed by Tatsuya Fujiwara, along with a waitress portrayed by newcomer Tina Tamashiro, come together with a group of fantastical assassins in a diner. Top creatives and artists such as Tadanori Yokoo, Makoto Azuma and Kohei Nawa have also lent a hand to the production of the film. A girl with a hollowness in her heart and who finds that she belongs to nowhere, is thrust into a series of attacks where she must struggle to find her will to live. The key message of the film – to think with one’s own mind and to live strongly with integrity – has resonated with many young people across social media, and subsequently led to an extended screening of the film.
Director: Mika Ninagawa
Original Author: Yumeaki Hirayama
“Diner” (Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.)
Script: Hirohito Goto,
Yoshikazu Sugiyama,
Mika Ninagawa
Music: Shinichi Osawa
Cinematography: Daisuke Souma
Production Design: Enzo
Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara
Tina Tamashiro
Masataka Kubota
Shun Oguri
Anna Tsuchiya
Miki Maya
Eiji Okuda
Helter-Skelter
2012 (127 minutes)
Helter Skelter is the live action adaptation of the wildly popular and charismatic work by Kyoko Okazaki. The protagonist is vividly portrayed by actress Erika Sawajiri, a girl striving for ultimate beauty through a series of full body plastic surgeries. The film, which depicts the fall of a top model, carries strong messages of what it is to be like living as women in a consumerist society like Tokyo, where beauty standards and desires to be perfect are born out of jealousy and envy. The film has received high praises both in Taipei and foreign countries alike.

The 56th London International Film Festival – Special Screening
The 14th Tapei Film Festival – Special Screening
LA EigaFest 2012 – Film entry
JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film 2013 (NYC) – Film entry
The 2nd Toronto Japan Film Festival – Film entry
The 36th Japan Academy Prize – Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Music
Director: Mika Ninagawa
Original Author: Kyoko Okazaki “Helter Skelter” (Shodensha Feel Comics)
Script: Arisa Kaneko

Music: Koji Ueno
Theme Song: Ayumi Hamasaki “evolution”(avex trax)

Ending Theme Song: AA= “The Klock"(SPEEDSTAR RECORDS)
Cinematography: Daisuke Soma
Production Design: Hiroyasu Koizumi, Enzo
Costume Design: Tetsuro Nagase, Nami Shinoduka
Cast: Erika Sawajiri
Nao Omori
Shinobu Terajima
SAKURAN
2007 (111 minutes)
Originally by hugely popular manga artist Moyoko Anno, Sakuran is a live action movie adaptation of the namesake comic series. Set against the backdrop of the Yoshiwara Yuukaku (a famous red light district) in the Edo period, it tells of the story of a girl who overcame her own weaknesses to rise up as one of the most unique and vibrant Oiran (courtsans) of her time. The main character is portrayed by actress and musician Anna Tsuchiya, while Sheena Ringo took on the role of the Music Director. The visually saturated and artistic set, together with a fashion forward take on traditional costumes, created stunning and vivid imagery in a highly celebrated film that brought to life a story of the feminine soul.

The 57th Berlin International Film Festival – Special Screening
The 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival – Special Screening
The 33rd Seattle International Film Festival – Special Screening
Bird’s Eye View (UK) Film Festival 2008 – Film Entry
New Horizons Film Festival (Poland) 2015 – Film Entry
The 2nd Asian Film Awards – Best Cinematography, Best Composer
The 31st Japan Academy Prize – Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Music
Director: Mika Ninagawa
Original Author: Moyoco Anno “SAKURAN” (Kodansha Evening KC)
Script: Yuki Tanada
Music: Sheena Ringo
Cinematography: Takuro Ishizaka
Production Design: Namiko Iwaki
Costume Design: Daisuke Iga, Yuko Sugiyama
Cast: Anna Tsuchiya
Miho Kanno
Masanobu Ando