Guest Article: Nippon Connection, Midnight Eye, and the Millennial Synergy

By Tom Mes Nippon Connection is twenty years old. A very symbolic age, because in Japan it’s when you’re considered to be an adult. So it’s paradoxically suitable that the festival is marking this milestone by essentially returning to its humble beginnings: in the unprecedented shape of an online film festival, where everything is new, … Continue reading Guest Article: Nippon Connection, Midnight Eye, and the Millennial Synergy

Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 14th)

On the final day of this year's festival, a hearty thank-you to all who stuck with us and helped make our digital Nippon Connection a success! Here are the final offerings from this year's online culture program. The following events can be livestreamed without pre-registration: Origami (11:30 am) Join us for our final origami stream … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 14th)

Guest in Focus: Yukiko MISHIMA

Yukiko MISHIMA, director of Shape of Red, was born in Osaka in 1969. After graduating from Kobe College, she worked at the TV broadcasting station NHK before completing her first cinema feature, SHISEI: LIKE A SMELLING MOON, in 2009. Since then, she has worked as a director and script writer for cinema as well as … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yukiko MISHIMA

Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 13th)

It's our next-to-last day, so make the most of it by joining us for the following events! These streams can be accessed free and without registration: Origami (11:30 am) Today's origami stream starts in the morning. Japanese Radio Gymnastics (12 pm) Radio Gymnastics returns today with a 20-minute program right at noon. Perfect for between-film … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 13th)

Guest Article: History of Nippon Connection

By Alex Zahlten Nippon Connection has a difficult relationship with anniversaries. During the 10-year anniversary festival in 2010, a volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, led to a gigantic ash cloud and the closure of European airspace, stranding over two dozen Japanese filmmakers in Frankfurt for over a week after the festival had ended. This year … Continue reading Guest Article: History of Nippon Connection

Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 12th)

It's finally starting to feel like summer! To celebrate, join us for today's offerings from our online festival. The following events can be livestreamed without pre-registration: Baby Shiatsu (12 pm) This Japanese technique for using touch and massages to stimulate the body's energy can be specifically applied to babies. Our guest, Sonja Nachförg, will explain … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 12th)

Guest in Focus: Akiko OKU

Akiko OKU, director of My Sweet Grappa Remedies, born in Yokohama in 1968, studied at Meiji University and at the Film School of Tokyo. Initially working in television, she directed her debut feature IGAITO SHINANAI in 1999. After that, she completed six other feature films, including TOKYO SERENDIPITY in 2007, MONSTER in 2013, and FANTASTIC … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Akiko OKU

Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 11th)

The weather may be starting to clear up, but today is still expected to be fairly cool. All the more reason to make yourself cozy at home and tune in to whichever of our program offers today strike your fancy! The following events can be livestreamed without pre-registration: Origami (11:30 am) Starting today and continuing … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 11th)

Nippon Connection and Female Filmmakers: A 2020 Look-Back

For as long as movies have existed, women have been every bit as central to the development and expansion of the medium as the many male figures that are typically regarded as the "original" (read, "only") masters of the art form. Despite this importance, gender disparity remains a massive problem in the industry to this … Continue reading Nippon Connection and Female Filmmakers: A 2020 Look-Back

Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 10th)

With this year's online festival officially underway, today features our first series of livestreamed lectures, performances, and workshops! Here are today's offers. The following events can be livestreamed for free without registration: Lecture: Small Screen, Big Titles (2 pm) This lecture by Jonathan M. Hall examines how subtitles, and text on-screen in general, has changes … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2020- The Daily Highlights (June 10th)