Guest Article – Windows on Worlds: Nippon Connection, Day 4

It’s day four of the festival and I’m already feeling quite tired, but Friday is my busiest day so far with five films packed into a busy schedule! It’s also one of the most varied, bouncing back and forth between mainstream and indie, thrillers, gothic romances and family dramas, each directed by veteran filmmakers trying … Continue reading Guest Article – Windows on Worlds: Nippon Connection, Day 4

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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

Nippon Connection 2017 – The Daily Highlights (May 27)

It's the next-to-last day of Nippon Connection 2017. Seriously, where does the time even go? By now, most of the major films featured at the festival have had their debut, but there are still a few new things to offer, even to those who've been here with us the whole week. Special Events:  Nippon Live … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2017 – The Daily Highlights (May 27)

Gastbeitrag – Fragmentfilm: Nippon Connection Tag 2: Zweimal Goodbye und Hawaii

Die ersten beiden Festivaltage sind um und es zeichnen sich bereits thematische Schwerpunkte im Programm des diesjährigen Nippon Connection Festivals ab: Auf der einen Seite die mehr oder weniger ernsten, bombastischen, (post-)apokalyptischen Endzeitgeschichten, auf der anderen hawaiianische Traumtänze und die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit beziehungsüberdrüssiger junger Großstädter in der Paarungszeit. Über allem schwebt dann noch der giftige … Continue reading Gastbeitrag – Fragmentfilm: Nippon Connection Tag 2: Zweimal Goodbye und Hawaii

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