Guest in Focus: Teppei ISOBE

Teppei ISOBE was born in Osaka in 1978. After graduating from Visual Arts College Osaka, he worked on music videos and commercials as a freelancer. In 2016, he began directing independent short films. For WHO KNOWS ABOUT MY LIFE (2018 / NC ’19), he won the award for best short film at SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL 2018. F IS FOR FUTURE (2019 / NC ’20) is his first feature-length film. We are very glad he took the time to answer our questions for our Guest in Focus series.

When and how did you first get into filmmaking? 

It all started when I was heading for my 30th birthday, worrying about how I should live my life from now on, and my little brother handed me a brochure of a film school. I have loved movies ever since I was a kid, so I enrolled in evening classes, where I could work and study at the same time. Within two years of film school, I was completely hooked on making films.

Where did you get the idea for your latest film? 

I wanted to create my first feature film based on my own experiences I had during my final year in highschool. To this, I added the script writer’s ideas.

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What was the biggest challenge while making your latest film?

For the planetarium scene, we had to carry in everything, shoot, and dismantle within two hours. It was a race against time. The set up for the ceremony scenes – wedding and funeral – were very challenging for me personally, as I was only shooting with a small number of people.

What are some challenges women especially are faced with in the Japanese film industry? 

Well… I haven’t been at so many other film sets that I could talk about the Japanese film industry as such, so it’s a difficult question. At my own film sets, we are usually a small crew. As for the ratio, men outnumber women, but I’d like to increase the number of female crew members. I also want to involve women’s opinions in my movies much more.

Japan 2019, 60 min
Watch the film HERE
 from June 9 to 14, 2020
at the 20th Nippon Connection Film Festival
Check out the trailer!

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? 













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