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One might suspect it’s fiction that the writer and woman Midori Osaki was born over a hundred years ago in 1896 in Tottori Prefecture, a place far removed from the capital city of Tokyo. Osaki’s writing is so fresh it provokes such thoughts.
Just as Kafka never gets tired, Osaki, too, never gets old.
“The Cricket Girl” is the title of a novella popular among Midori Osaki fans. In the novel written by her, the Midori Osaki speaks to us. There is no need to fear loneliness, for the fantasy-like love existing in our hearts belongs to another world that is beautiful and abundant. Even if you are alone, have no fear. In your heart, there is another reality spun by words, and this fantastic love-this is what is beautiful.

Director Biography

Born in 1948, Sachi Hamano’s ambition was to create films depicting women from a woman’s perspective, rather than based on female stereotypes. She came to Tokyo to seek a way into the filmmaking industry, a very male dominate sector at the time, unwilling to hire women as directors. Consequently she decided to work in the soft porn industry to gain skills required for filmmaking. She went on to work as an assistant director in independent production companies and in 1971 she made her debut as a director. She founded her own production company, Tantansha, in 1984. In 1998, she produced the independent film "In Search of a Lost Writer: Wandering in the World of the Seventh Sense," which depicted the life and work of the nearly forgotten female writer, Osaki Midori.  This film won Hayashi Amari Prize. In the same year, she encountered Momotani Hoko's novel portraying sexuality among the elderly, "Lily Festival”, which she adapted for the screen and completed production in 2001. In January 2005 she published her book Onnaga Eigawo Tsukuru! [Women Make Movies!]. In 2006, "The Cricket Girl" was completed. "Yoshiko & Yuriko" was completed in 2011, and “Body Trouble” in 2015.


Sachi Hamano