Nippon Honor Award 2018: Shinobu TERAJIMA

The Nippon Honor Award is awarded for the fourth time. We are proud to announce that this year's winner will be actress Shinobu TERAJIMA. Born in Kyoto on December 28th, 1972, TERAJIMA hails from a long line of performers on both sides of her family. Her father, Kikugoro ONOE, is a legendary kabuki actor (her … Continue reading Nippon Honor Award 2018: Shinobu TERAJIMA

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Guest in Focus: Takayuki NAKAMURA – Zen and Bones

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。)   (Deutscher Text siehe unten.) In 2005, Takayakui NAKAMURA's first film Yokohama Mary was shown at Nippon Connection Film Festival. More than then years later he presents his second film, Zen and Bones, in person at the festival. With such a slow work pace he does not even try to keep up with current … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Takayuki NAKAMURA – Zen and Bones

Guest in Focus: Jun TANAKA – Bamy

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。)   (Deutscher Text siehe unten.) Bamy is Jun TANAKA's first feature film. At the 18th Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival, he'll be competing with the big boys.  Featured in the Nippon Cinema section, Bamy is a horror-drama that has already been celebrated at numerous international festivals. However, being around established directors is nothing new … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Jun TANAKA – Bamy

Guest in Focus: Matthieu Zellweger – The Art of Sake Brewing (Photo Series)

(Deutscher Text siehe unten) In Japan, sake is not simply a drink. There is no shinto ceremony without sake as a offering. No banquet without a cup of the alcoholic beverage. Businesspeople love to spend their end of the work day with sake and snacks in one of the plenty izakaya, small and traditional Japanese … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Matthieu Zellweger – The Art of Sake Brewing (Photo Series)

Nippon Connection Design 2017: Wabi-Sabi-Ästhetik

Asymmetrie, Reduktion, Rauheit und Unregelmäßigkeit sind einige der zentralen Aspekte der Wabi-Sabi-Ästhetik. Eng mit dem Zen-Buddhismus verbunden, ist diese Philosophie ein wichtiger Teil japanischer Kulturgeschichte. Sie ist aber auch in Facetten unserer Gegenwart präsent, z.B. in der Do-It-Yourself-Bewegung. Mit der Übertragung einzelner Elemente des Wabi-Sabi auf das Grafikdesign hat der Designer Il-Ho Jung den diesjährigen … Continue reading Nippon Connection Design 2017: Wabi-Sabi-Ästhetik

Guest in Focus: Hajime IZUKI – The Light Dances (TKY2015 Short Film Series)

The Festival is over but our Guest in Focus series is not. Today we will learn a bit more about Hajime IZUKI, director of The Light Dances, which is one of the short films of the TKY2015 project, which screened at this years Nippon Connection festival. When and how did you first get into filmmaking? … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Hajime IZUKI – The Light Dances (TKY2015 Short Film Series)

Gastbeitrag: Schneeland – Festivaldiary, Ausrisse

Es ist ein warmer Abend. Wir sitzen zusammen vor der Naxoshalle, während es immer dunkler wird. Ein weiterer Tag der Nippon Connection liegt hinter uns mit all seinen Filmen, Veranstaltungen, dem Essen, den vielen Begegnungen und endlosen Gesprächen. Man wünscht sich immer den Austausch, während man als Einzelgänger durchs Jahr wandert, angeschlossen an die Gemeinschaft der Gleichgesinnten nur … Continue reading Gastbeitrag: Schneeland – Festivaldiary, Ausrisse

Guest in Focus: Kimi TAKESUE – 95 And 6 To Go

On the last day of the festival, the Guest in Focus series turns to Kimi TAKESUE, director of the documentary 95 And 6 To Go.   When and how did you first get into filmmaking? I was initially drawn to filmmaking during my college years as an extension of my academic interests in Cultural Studies … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kimi TAKESUE – 95 And 6 To Go

Guest in Focus: ITAKO – Boys For Sale

Welcome back to Guest in Focus, where we ask a few questions of some of our featured filmmakers in the Nippons Visions section of the festival. Today, we learn a bit about ITAKO, director of the Nippon Visions documentary Boys for Sale, which premiered on Wednesday evening.   (インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) When and how did you first … Continue reading Guest in Focus: ITAKO – Boys For Sale

Guest Article: Sonatine – Film Review: The Long Excuse

In the very first sequence of the movie, a man is having his hair cut by a woman. He is looking into the mirror, she is in the back. The two of them are chatting in a way it is possible to feel a relationship. The particular thing is that their looks always seem to … Continue reading Guest Article: Sonatine – Film Review: The Long Excuse