Director focus:

Aya Hanabusa


Born in 1974. Graduate of Jiyu Gakuen. Joined Pole Pole Times Co. Ltd. in 2001. She worked on projects such as Alexei and the Spring (2001) before becoming a freelance filmmaker. In 2010, she made her directional debut with Holy Island, examining the lives of people of Iwai Island, who continue to protest against the construction of the Kaminoseki Nuclear Power Plant. Holy Island  was honored with the award for Best Documentary  at Sicily Environmental Film Festival. Her second film as director is Tale of a Butcher Shop.


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Holy Island

Holy Island Total running time: Approx. 105 minutes. / color

祝の島 Hori no shima Iwaishima Island, part of Kaminoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. On this island in the Seto Inland Sea, the 500 residents have been living by helping each other and sharing things, since that was what was necessary to live in such a harsh natural environment. In 1982, there surfaced a project for constructing a […]

Tale of a Butcher Shop

Total running time: Approx. 108 minutes.. / color

Screening Rental Only: Since we cannot take rental orders through our shopping cart, please contact us at if you want to screen this film at your institution or festival. Thank you. ある精肉店のはなし (Aru seinikuten no hanashi) In Kaizuka City, Osaka, the family-run Kitaide butcher shop makes its living by raising and slaughtering cattle, selling the […]