Guest in Focus: Yoshinori Sato

Outsiders and Outlaws: An interview with Yoshinori Sato

Directo Yoshinori Sato, well-known for his feature films, including Bad Child and Her Mother, studied at the University of Southern California before he started to work for TV-productions. Shinjuku Tiger is his first documentary feature and will celebrate its international premiere at 19th Nippon Connection Film Festival. We are very proud to announce Sato as one of our guests. He was also so kind as to answer a few questions for us beforehand.

When and how did you first get into filmmaking?

I started making films when I entered film school. In my first class, our task was to make five silent films with super 8 film.

Where did you get the idea for your latest film?

The person responsible for the distribution of my previous film told me once that in Shinjuku there is this funny person who is always wearing a tiger mask, called the „Shinjuku Tiger.“ This made me curious. After seeing a photograph of him, I immediately wanted to know more about him, and ended up making this documentary.

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

Le Trou (The Hole) by Jacques Becker. For some reason, I have always been fascinated by the suspense of jailbreak films.


 

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?

大学で映画制作を専攻して作り始めました。最初の授業は、スーパー8フィルムでサイレント映画を5本作るというものでした。

 

新作のアイディアはどこで得たものですか。

前作の配給担当者の方と話していて、新宿にいつも虎のお面をしている「新宿タイガー」という面白い人がいるということで、私も興味を持ちました。彼の写真を一目みて、すぐに彼の事を知りたいと思いドキュメンタリー映画を制作しました。

 

一番好きな映画がありましたら教えてください。また、その理由は何ですか?

ジャックベッケルの「穴」。昔からなぜか脱獄映画のドキドキに惹かれます。


Shinjuku Tiger will screen on May 30th, 2019, in the Naxoshalle cinema at 17:00. The director will be present for the screening.

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