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

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

Gastbeitrag: SneakyMonday – Donnerstag, 4 Filme, 2 Meinungen

Erneut haben die Gastblogger von SneakyMonday, Malte Triesch und Helena Barth, unser Festival besucht. Für uns haben sie den Festival-Donnerstag bei Nippon Connection Revue passieren lassen. Malte: Der Donnerstag begann stressig, mit einem (dem ersten) Besuch beim Kinderarzt. Termin um 10:00 Uhr. Danach Filmfrühstück um 11:00 Uhr, auf der Arbeit sagen wir dazu „harter Anschlag“, … Continue reading Gastbeitrag: SneakyMonday – Donnerstag, 4 Filme, 2 Meinungen

Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (June 2nd)

All good things must come to an end. Today is the 6th and final day of Nippon Connection 2019. Never fear, though- we still have a few special screenings and events to offer our guests. This is your last chance, so come on out! Special Events: Film Talk- Shinya TSUKAMOTO This year’s NIPPON HONOR AWARD … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (June 2nd)

Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (June 1st)

It's been an amazing festival so far with remarkably good weather, so let the good times keep on rolling over the weekend! Here are our special offers for today: Special Events: Laughter from Bamboo Country Experience traditional Japanese narratives in modern attire! Julia and Yusuke YAMASAKI share humorous stories, accompanied by infectious Japanese music, peppered … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (June 1st)

Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 31st)

For those of who who've been held back by work or school thus far, today is the day! It's Friday, which means there is still a full weekend's worth of Nippon to sink yourselves into. Here are some of the special programs we've got planned out for today. Special Events: Remembering Isao Takahata Last year, … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 31st)

Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 30th)

The first two days are merely a warm-up compared to Day Three, when Nippon Connection starts to get really busy, especially since today is a holiday. We have a lot of events, programs, and film premieres today, so let's get to it! Special Events: Lecture: Umami and Dashi "Umami," the fifth sense of taste, was … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 30th)

Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 29th)

Things start off a bit earlier today; our first film premiere is at 2 o'clock, and we keep rolling from there until late tonight. Here are some of the best events on offer during Day Two of this year's festival.   Special Events: Workshop: Film Sound Recording Emmy-award-winning Foley artist Goro KOYAMA comes all the … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 29th)

Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 28th)

Finally, it's that time of year again! Nippon Connection is back! This year marks the 19th year of the festival that is the largest event for Japanese film in the world outside of Japan itself. We've got 6 days, over a hundred films, and dozens upon dozens of cultural and featured events to fill out … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2019- The Daily Highlights (May 28th)