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 I knew, “freeters” who left school after middle school, hikokomori, former drug addicts.

Where did you get the idea for Come On Home to Sato, and what story would you like it to tell?

I felt that people in society do not look very happy, and I thought society would become a little bit brighter when people would feel the energy of the children in Kodomo no sato through the screen. What I most want to convey is that children have an immense power, and the connections between people.

Were there any funny or difficult situations you experienced during the shooting?

It was great to meet the children. It was difficult to balance this film with work that pays my bills.

What do you think about the current situation of Japanese cinema?

It’s a shame there are so few occasions to see documentary films.

Which three Japanese films from the last decade do you think everybody should see?

Come On Home to Sato, The Targeted Village, In This Corner of the World

Do you have an all-time favorite film, and if yes, is there a particular reason why it’s your favorite?

Forrest Gump. I admire people who are as generous as Forest.

Who is the director/filmmaker that influenced you the most?


Have you ever been to Germany before, and if so, what was your favorite/strangest/funniest experience?

I was astonished and full of respect when I saw how the history of war crimes committed by Germans is dealt with, without hiding anything, in the middle of the city.

Translated from Japanese.  

Come On Home To Sato will have its international premiere tomorrow, 26 May, at 17:00 in the Naxoshalle theater. Yoshiki SHIGEE will be present for the screening, and will do a short Q&A afterwards.  


映画作りを始めたのはいつ頃ですか。どのようなきっかけでしたか 。




『さとにきたらええやん』のアイディアはどこで得たものですか。また、その映 画の中で、監督が表現しようとしているのは、どのようなストーリ ーですか?








一番好きな映画がありましたら教えてください。また、その理由は なんですか。

『フォレストガンプ一期一会』 フォレストのような懐の深い人間にあこがれます。



ドイツに来られたことはありますか?もしありましたら、一番好き な・変な・面白い経験はなんでしたか。



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