Guest in Focus: Seiji Tanaka

When a Coming-of-Age Tale meets Crime and Black Comedy Seiji Tanaka, director of Melancholic, studied theater and film studies in Japan and the USA. Afterwards, he returned to Japan and began writing plays and screenplays. Melancholic is his first feature film and was awarded for the best director in the Japanese Section at the 31st Tokyo International … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Seiji Tanaka

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Guest in Focus: Ian Thomas Ash

The Balance between Observation and Empathy while filming Death Ian Thomas Ash has been a regular guest of Nippon Connection for several years now and already won two prizes with his documentaries. In 2013, he received the NIPPON VISIONS AWARD for his Fukushima documentary A2-B-C as well as the NIPPON VISIONS AUDIENCE AWARD in 2015 for -1287. … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Ian Thomas Ash

Guest in Focus: Takashi Makino

Between two worlds – “A chaotic mass of light and sound” Director and artist Takashi Makino shares his personal motives for making Memento Stella, featured at the 19th Nippon Connection Film Festival. With its flashing lights and psychedelic music, the film creates an ecstatic experience completely out of this world - yet so close to … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Takashi Makino

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. … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yoshinori Sato

Guest in Focus: Yu Kajino

Reflecting on One of the Largest Catastrophes in Japanese history using 8mm After the screening of his short film "Be Still, My Beating Heart" in 2007, Yu Kajino is attending the Nippon Connection Filmfestival again with his first feature film Ahum. After his high school graduation, KAJINO started making films with a cheap video camera. He … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yu Kajino

Guest in Focus: Kensei Takahashi

"MeToo Japan" - A Young Filmmakers Perspective Kensei Takahashi, born 1996 in Hokkaido, already dreamed about making films when he was still a child. Takahashis debut feature Sea was his final work for university and was presented at the Tokyo International Film Festival. We are very pleased that Mr. Takahashi will attend the 19th Nippon Connection … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kensei Takahashi

Guest in Focus: Natsuki Nakagawa

Of Ghost's and Angry Women – A New Form of Psychological Analyses Natsuki Nakagawas film debut "She Is Alone" will celebrate its international premiere at the 19th Nippon Connection Film Festival. Nakagawa managed to creativly underline her analytic highschool drama with elements of a ghostly psycho-thriller. "She Is Alone" is shown together with the short film … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Natsuki Nakagawa

Guest in Focus: Kosai Sekine

The Art of Anthropology - Kosai Sekine cinematically explores what truly moves people. Director Kosai Sekine studied Philosophy at the Sophia University in Tokyo. Always finding images that emotionally speak to the audience, Sekine directed not only short films but also commercials and music videos. He was awarded the Young Director Award Grand Prix at … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kosai Sekine

Nippon Honor Award 2019: Shinya Tsukamoto

This year, the fifth Nippon Honor Award will be presented to the multi-talented cult legend, Shinya Tsukamoto. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Tsukamoto grew up with a Super 8 “attached to his hand,” already making films when he was just a teenager, with Akira Kurosawa being one of his first great influences. Though he temporarily … Continue reading Nippon Honor Award 2019: Shinya Tsukamoto

Guest in Focus: Hisa ENOMOTO – Koinobori Workshop

(Deutsche und Japanische Originalversion unten) In Japan, koi fish are traditionally considered to bring good luck. Many people decorate their houses in May with big koi flags (“koinobori”). Hisa ENOMOTO and Mamie Zauner from Kokemoos e.V. create colorful flags for a good purpose! At the 18th Nippon Connection Film Festival visitors will have the chance … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Hisa ENOMOTO – Koinobori Workshop