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Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase accused of assault on set

Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase accused of assault on set

The director was recently in Cannes with ’Tokyo 2020 Side A’.

Award-winning Japanese director Naomi Kawase has been accused of bullying her staff and assaulting a member of her film crew.

The leading auteur is alleged to have kicked an assistant director in the stomach on the set of True Mothers in May 2019 after he touched Kawase to highlight an issue with a shot. Director of photography Yuta Tsukinaga and the entire cinematography team left the shoot in the wake of the incident.

The accusation was reported in weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun in late April, which led to the publication of

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