Kore-eda Hirokazu (1962-present) is a Japanese film director. His films explore themes of memory, death, and coming to terms with loss. Kore-eda originally planned to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University instead worked as an assistant director on documentaries for TV Man Union. He sneaked off on his own to direct his first television documentary, Lessons from a Calf (1991). He has produced films for directors Nishikawa Miwa and Iseya Yusuke.