Guest in Focus: ITAKO – Boys For Sale

Welcome back to Guest in Focus, where we ask a few questions of some of our featured filmmakers in the Nippons Visions section of the festival. Today, we learn a bit about ITAKO, director of the Nippon Visions documentary Boys for Sale, which premiered on Wednesday evening.   (インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) When and how did you first … Continue reading Guest in Focus: ITAKO – Boys For Sale

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Guest in Focus: Yuya ISHII – The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

In our next Guest in Focus series, we ask a few questions of Yuya ISHII, the director of our last screening for Nippon Visions; The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue.   (インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) When and how did you first get into filmmaking? I started filmmaking at age 18, when I entered … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yuya ISHII – The Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

Guest in Focus: Go SHIBATA – Gui Aiueo:s

We return to our Guest in Focus series, where we learn a bit more about the filmmakers featured in Nippon Visions. Today's first interview is with Go SHIBATA, the director of Gui Aiueo:s A Stone From Another Mountain To Polish Your Own Stone.  (インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) When and how did you first get into filmmaking? The task for … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Go SHIBATA – Gui Aiueo:s

Guest in Focus: Kohei SANADA – Icarus and the Son

In our next in the Guest in Focus series, we learn a bit more about the director of one of the short films being shown in our Tokyo University of the Arts: Shorts section; Kohei SANADA, writer and director of Icarus and the Son.   (インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) When and how did you first get into filmmaking? … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kohei SANADA – Icarus and the Son

Guest in Focus: Hirobumi WATANABE – Poolsideman

Welcome back to Guest in Focus, where we ask a few questions of some of our visiting featured filmmakers about their background in film. Today, we look at the influences of Hirobumi WATANABE, director of Poolsideman.   (インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) When and how did you first get into filmmaking? I made my first real film 10 years … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Hirobumi WATANABE – Poolsideman

Guest in Focus: Yoshiki SHIGEE – Come On Home To Sato

In today's final Guest in Focus interview (no worries, more will come tomorrow!), we hear from the director of Come On Home To Sato, Yoshiki SHIGEE.   (インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。) When and how did you first get into filmmaking? When I was 24, in my film school classes. What were your first film projects? I filmed people … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yoshiki SHIGEE – Come On Home To Sato

Guests in Focus: TKY2015 Short Film Series Edition – Daisuke SHIMOTE – 45 x 45, Yusuke SHIBATA – An Interview on the Street in Ginza

Welcome back to the next installment in our Guests in Focus series, where we ask a few questions about the careers and influences of some of our guests and featured filmmakers. Today we learn a bit about the backgrounds of two featured filmmakers in this year's TKY2015 Short Film Series, which will screen tomorrow, 26 … Continue reading Guests in Focus: TKY2015 Short Film Series Edition – Daisuke SHIMOTE – 45 x 45, Yusuke SHIBATA – An Interview on the Street in Ginza

Guest in Focus: Natsuki SETA – Parks

In our next installment of Guest in Focus, we hear from Natsuki SETA, director of the unique Nippon Visions film Parks.   Natsuki SETA was born in Osaka in 1979. She studied at the Graduate School of Film and New Media at Tokyo University of the Arts and later worked as an assistant for Takeshi … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Natsuki SETA – Parks

Guest in Focus: Shingo MATSUMURA – Love and Goodbye and Hawaii

In our ongoing Guest in Focus series, we ask a few questions of several of our visiting filmmakers about their careers, influences, films, and what they think about coming to Germany. Today's guest is Shingo MATSUMURA, director of Love and Goodbye and Hawaii. Born in Kawagoe in 1981, Shingo MATSUMURA graduated from Waseda University in … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Shingo MATSUMURA – Love and Goodbye and Hawaii

Guest in Focus – Skip City Shorts Edition: Yusuke HATAI – Vanish, Shintaro HIHARA – Son of the Bakery, Yuji MITSUHASHI – Lies

Founded in 2004, the SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-Cinema FESTIVAL in Saitama showcases a selection of short films by promising Japanese filmmakers every year. NIPPON CONNECTION introduces four of those short films from the 2016 line-up. In our next Guest in Focus interview series, we asked a few questions of the directors of three of the four … Continue reading Guest in Focus – Skip City Shorts Edition: Yusuke HATAI – Vanish, Shintaro HIHARA – Son of the Bakery, Yuji MITSUHASHI – Lies