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)

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)

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)

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)

Nippon Connection 2020 – The Daily Highlights (June 9th)

It is has been- pardon the understatement- a rather rough year for all of us. The global pandemic has thrown into sharp relief just how fragile so much of our world is. So many things we take for granted, that we simply assume will always be there, year after year, are not so solid after … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2020 – The Daily Highlights (June 9th)

Guest in Focus: Kaori ODA

Kaori ODA, director of TS’ONOT / CENOTE, was born in Osaka in 1987. From 2013, she lived in Sarajevo for three years, studying film under Béla Tarr. Her first two feature-length documentaries, ARAGANE (2015) and TOWARD A COMMON TENDERNESS (2017), were shown at numerous international film festivals. In 2020, she was the first recipient of … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kaori ODA

Guest in Focus: Ryutaro NINOMIYA

Ryutaro NINOMIYA, director of MINORI, ON THE BRINK, was born in Kamakura in 1986 and studied film production for a year before he decided to take acting classes. He completed his first feature film THE CHARM OF OTHERS in 2012 and won the Runner-Up Award of the PIA Film Festival with it. He then acted … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Ryutaro NINOMIYA

Guest Article: Japanese Films Since 2000

By Mark Schilling The Japanese film industry never seems to change. “Production committees” – consortiums of film studios, TV networks and other media companies – make films based on hit manga, novels and TV series now, just they did in 2000 or 1980. And anime continues to regularly top the local box office, including series … Continue reading Guest Article: Japanese Films Since 2000