Nippon Connection 2017 – The Daily Highlights (May 27)

It's the next-to-last day of Nippon Connection 2017. Seriously, where does the time even go? By now, most of the major films featured at the festival have had their debut, but there are still a few new things to offer, even to those who've been here with us the whole week. Special Events:  Nippon Live … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2017 – The Daily Highlights (May 27)

Gastbeitrag – Fragmentfilm: Nippon Connection Tag 2: Zweimal Goodbye und Hawaii

Die ersten beiden Festivaltage sind um und es zeichnen sich bereits thematische Schwerpunkte im Programm des diesjährigen Nippon Connection Festivals ab: Auf der einen Seite die mehr oder weniger ernsten, bombastischen, (post-)apokalyptischen Endzeitgeschichten, auf der anderen hawaiianische Traumtänze und die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit beziehungsüberdrüssiger junger Großstädter in der Paarungszeit. Über allem schwebt dann noch der giftige … Continue reading Gastbeitrag – Fragmentfilm: Nippon Connection Tag 2: Zweimal Goodbye und Hawaii

Guest in Focus: Kohei SANADA – Icarus and the Son

In our next in the Guest in Focus series, we learn a bit more about the director of one of the short films being shown in our Tokyo University of the Arts: Shorts section; Kohei SANADA, writer and director of Icarus and the Son.   When and how did you first get into filmmaking? When … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kohei SANADA – Icarus and the Son

Guest in Focus: Hirobumi WATANABE – Poolsideman

Welcome back to Guest in Focus, where we ask a few questions of some of our visiting featured filmmakers about their background in film. Today, we look at the influences of Hirobumi WATANABE, director of Poolsideman.   When and how did you first get into filmmaking? I made my first real film 10 years ago … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Hirobumi WATANABE – Poolsideman

Nippon Connection 2017 – The Daily Highlights (May 26)

It's Friday, meaning it's the weekend, but also Day 4 of Nippon Connection 2017! We've had good luck with the weather for the most part- most years it's hot and humid as hell, but aside from a bit of rain we've had plenty of good sun without things getting too hot to handle. Today the … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2017 – The Daily Highlights (May 26)

Gastbeitrag – Miss Booleana (A Silent Voice, Tokyo University of the Arts Animated Shorts)

Während das japanische Filmfestival Nippon Connection bereits in die 17. Runde geht, feiere ich als Besucherin mein Debut. Der für mich erste Festivaltag steht zuerst einmal im Zeichen der Animation. A Silent Voice  (聲の形) A Silent Voice ist die Langfilm-Umsetzung des Erfolgsmanga von Yoshitoki Ōima, der seit 2011 in Japan und seit 2016 in Deutschland … Continue reading Gastbeitrag – Miss Booleana (A Silent Voice, Tokyo University of the Arts Animated Shorts)

Guest in Focus: Yoshiki SHIGEE – Come On Home To Sato

In today's final Guest in Focus interview (no worries, more will come tomorrow!), we hear from the director of Come On Home To Sato, Yoshiki SHIGEE.   When and how did you first get into filmmaking? When I was 24, in my film school classes. What were your first film projects? I filmed people that … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yoshiki SHIGEE – Come On Home To Sato