Guest in Focus: Yu Hsin CHIUEH

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Yu Hsin CHIUEHs short film PROJECT TANUKI as part of our JVTA Meets PIA Film Festival: Shorts program. Born in 1995 in the U.S.A., Chiueh came to Japan from Taiwan in 2018 and began shooting self-produced films. She currently … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yu Hsin CHIUEH

Nippon Connection 2021- The Daily Highlights (June 2nd)

We hope you all tuned in last night for this year's Opening Ceremony! The digital events continue today with both cultural events and several film talks with some of our featured directors! Events/Workshops: Japanese Cinema- A Book Presentation from Kayo Adachi-Rabe In this free presentation, the author will discuss the history and milestones of Japanese … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2021- The Daily Highlights (June 2nd)

Guest in Focus: Junta Yamaguchi

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Junta YAMAGUCHIs feature film BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES. Junta YAMAGUCHI, born in Osaka Prefecture in 1987, studied Management at Kindai University. Since 2005, he has been part of the theater group EUROPE KIKAKU from Kyoto and works as … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Junta Yamaguchi

Guest in Focus: Koji HIJIKATA

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON DOCS section, we are presenting Koji HIJIKATAs documentary film SAYONARA TV. Koji HIJIKATA was born in Gifu Prefecture in 1976. After graduating in English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo, he has been working as a producer at the news channel Tokai TV since … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Koji HIJIKATA

Guest in Focus: Lunch Bee House

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON DOCS section, we are presenting Laura Liverani (right) and Neo SORA's (middle) documentary film AINU NENO AN AINU as a world premiere. Directors Laura Liverani (Japan/Italy), Neo SORA (Japan/USA), and producer Valý Þórsteinsdóttir (Iceland) (left) form the creative collective Lunch Bee House, named in … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Lunch Bee House

Guest in Focus: Soshi MATSUMOTO

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Soshi MATSUMOTO's feature film debut IT'S A SUMMER FILM! Soshi MATSUMOTO was born in Saitama in 1988 and started his career by directing numerous commercials, music videos, short films, and series for TV and the web. His feature-length debut … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Soshi MATSUMOTO

Guest in Focus: Akihiko YANO

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are showing Akihiko YANO's new feature film YES, YES, YES. Akihiko YANO was born in Miyazaki Prefecture in 1985 and studied film at ENBU Seminar under Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI. He made his directorial debut with his graduation film IMAGINE in 2010. Afterwards … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Akihiko YANO

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

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

Guest in Focus: Nanako HIROSE

Nanako HIROSE, director of BOOK-PAPER-SCISSORS, was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1987 and studied at Musashino Art University. She has been working for Hirokazu KOREEDA’s production company Bunbuku since 2011, starting out as an assistant on his films, as well as an assistant director to Miwa NISHIKAWA. In 2019, she gave her debut as a … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Nanako HIROSE