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

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Guest in Focus: Taku AOYAGI – The Road He Walks: A Story of He-Kun

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。)   (Deutscher Text siehe unten.) At the 18th Nippon Connection Film Festival, young directors have the opportunity to show their films for the first time outside of Japan. Director Taku AOYAGI lets us know in the interview, that he really is excited about the reactions of the audience at the festival. He presents the … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Taku AOYAGI – The Road He Walks: A Story of He-Kun

Guest in Focus: Michiyo ARAKAWA – Kirigami Papercut Workshop

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) (Deutscher Text siehe unten.) From Okinawa prefecture in south of japan, Michiyo ARAKAWA travels to us to decorate the 18th Nippon Connection japanese Film Festival with her beautiful paperflowers. True to her motto: Everybody is different and everything is good” the participant of her workshop can get their very own kirigami flower to blossom. … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Michiyo ARAKAWA – Kirigami Papercut Workshop

Guest in Focus: Sayaka ONO – Love and Wolbachia

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。)   (Deutscher Text siehe unten.) Her graduation project The Duckling was presented at 11th Nippon Connection Film Festival. This year Sayaka Ono delivers the opening movie of our new section NIPPON DOCS: Love and Wolbachia. She will be presenting the international premiere in person at May 29. When and how did you first get … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Sayaka ONO – Love and Wolbachia

Nippon Honor Award 2018: Shinobu TERAJIMA

The Nippon Honor Award is awarded for the fourth time. We are proud to announce that this year's winner will be actress Shinobu TERAJIMA. Born in Kyoto on December 28th, 1972, TERAJIMA hails from a long line of performers on both sides of her family. Her father, Kikugoro ONOE, is a legendary kabuki actor (her … Continue reading Nippon Honor Award 2018: Shinobu TERAJIMA

Guest in Focus: Takayuki NAKAMURA – Zen and Bones

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。)   (Deutscher Text siehe unten.) In 2005, Takayakui NAKAMURA's first film Yokohama Mary was shown at Nippon Connection Film Festival. More than then years later he presents his second film, Zen and Bones, in person at the festival. With such a slow work pace he does not even try to keep up with current … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Takayuki NAKAMURA – Zen and Bones

Guest in Focus: Jun TANAKA – Bamy

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。)   (Deutscher Text siehe unten.) Bamy is Jun TANAKA's first feature film. At the 18th Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival, he'll be competing with the big boys.  Featured in the Nippon Cinema section, Bamy is a horror-drama that has already been celebrated at numerous international festivals. However, being around established directors is nothing new … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Jun TANAKA – Bamy

Guest in Focus: Matthieu Zellweger – The Art of Sake Brewing (Photo Series)

(Deutscher Text siehe unten) In Japan, sake is not simply a drink. There is no shinto ceremony without sake as a offering. No banquet without a cup of the alcoholic beverage. Businesspeople love to spend their end of the work day with sake and snacks in one of the plenty izakaya, small and traditional Japanese … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Matthieu Zellweger – The Art of Sake Brewing (Photo Series)

Guest in Focus: Hajime IZUKI – The Light Dances (TKY2015 Short Film Series)

The Festival is over but our Guest in Focus series is not. Today we will learn a bit more about Hajime IZUKI, director of The Light Dances, which is one of the short films of the TKY2015 project, which screened at this years Nippon Connection festival. When and how did you first get into filmmaking? … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Hajime IZUKI – The Light Dances (TKY2015 Short Film Series)

Guest in Focus: Kimi TAKESUE – 95 And 6 To Go

On the last day of the festival, the Guest in Focus series turns to Kimi TAKESUE, director of the documentary 95 And 6 To Go.   When and how did you first get into filmmaking? I was initially drawn to filmmaking during my college years as an extension of my academic interests in Cultural Studies … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kimi TAKESUE – 95 And 6 To Go