Interview with Hanae Kan: Japanese audience expects us to move them emotionally through a film rather than to let them think about the film by themselves

Hanae Kan was born on November 7, 1990 in Mishima City, Shizuoka, Japan as Han Yong-hye, as her father is Korean. She made her debut when she was just 11 years old, in Seijun Suzuki’s “Pistol Opera”, and in 2004 she played in Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Nobody Knows”. Her career continued until today, with some her latest roles including “West North West,”Yamato (California)” and “Love And Other Cults” .

On the occasion of the latter screening at Fantasia International Film Festival, we speak with her about her latest films, her career, the Japanese audience, her double ethnicity, and many other topics.

This year has been quite good for you, with roles (apart from “Love and other Cults”) in “Inumukoiri” and “Yamato (California)”. Can you tell us a bit about these experiences?

I’ve been working with director Katashima of “Inumukoiri” for a long time. Actually, he was the producer of my debut film
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