HIROSE Nanako His Lost Name

  • © 2019 “His Lost Name” Production Committee


Tetsuro (Kobayashi Kaoru), a widower who has come down to the river to fish, finds a young man (Yagira Yuya) collapsed by the waterside. Tetsuro cares for the young man, who says his name is Shinichi and has nowhere to call home, and gradually they develop a quasi-familial relationship. Tetsuro tries to find a place for Shinichi at the small woodshop where he works, but as Shinichi's past becomes clearer, all sorts of things begin to unravel. Set in a desolate provincial city, this film illuminates both the light and dark sides of bonds such as familial and teacher-apprentice relationships, focusing on the social and generational divisions that are fragmenting Japan today. Hirose's fresh and compelling direction shows the human ego lurking within the seemingly selfless act of reaching out a helping hand to others, and the weakness and guile of those who rely on this help, in all their complexity.


  • Born 1987 in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

Hirose Nanako graduated from Musashino Art University, Department of Imaging Arts & Sciences. She belongs to the production company Bun-Buku, established by directors Kore-eda Hirokazu and Nishikawa Miwa. As director's assistant, she worked on Kore-eda's Going My Home (2012), Like Father, Like Son (2013), Our Little Sister (2015), and After the Storm (2016), and Nishikawa Miwa's The Long Excuse (2016). This film, His Lost Name (2019), marks Hirose's directorial debut. Next, she will be involved with the production of Jinichi (2019). In autumn 2019 book-paper-scissors, a documentary about the bookbinder Kikuchi Nobuyoshi that she directed, edited, and filmed, will have its premiere at Tokyo Theater Image Forum.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 book-paper-scissors (working title)
2018 His Lost Name, Tokyo FilMeX 2018 (19th Edition) Competition, Special Mention


Mon,Sep 23,11:00
Tue,Sep 24,15:30


Aichi Arts Center Art Space A (12F)


Aichi Arts Center 12F
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
461-8525 JAPAN


・5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
・5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.