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

Guest in Focus: Teppei ISOBE

Teppei ISOBE was born in Osaka in 1978. After graduating from Visual Arts College Osaka, he worked on music videos and commercials as a freelancer. In 2016, he began directing independent short films. For WHO KNOWS ABOUT MY LIFE (2018 / NC ’19), he won the award for best short film at SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Teppei ISOBE

Guest in Focus: Chihiro AMANO

Chihiro AMANO, director of MRS. NOISY, was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1982. After working at an office for five years, she turned to film and directed several short films that were screened at PIA Film Festival and at Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival, among others. Her feature film debut was the manga adaptation NO … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Chihiro AMANO

Guest in Focus: Ryutaro NINOMIYA

Ryutaro NINOMIYA, director of MINORI, ON THE BRINK, was born in Kamakura in 1986 and studied film production for a year before he decided to take acting classes. He completed his first feature film THE CHARM OF OTHERS in 2012 and won the Runner-Up Award of the PIA Film Festival with it. He then acted … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Ryutaro NINOMIYA

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)

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

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)

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