Nippon Connection 2020 – The Daily Highlights (June 9th)

It is has been- pardon the understatement- a rather rough year for all of us. The global pandemic has thrown into sharp relief just how fragile so much of our world is. So many things we take for granted, that we simply assume will always be there, year after year, are not so solid after … Continue reading Nippon Connection 2020 – The Daily Highlights (June 9th)

Guest in Focus: Nanako HIROSE

Nanako HIROSE, director of BOOK-PAPER-SCISSORS, was born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1987 and studied at Musashino Art University. She has been working for Hirokazu KOREEDA’s production company Bunbuku since 2011, starting out as an assistant on his films, as well as an assistant director to Miwa NISHIKAWA. In 2019, she gave her debut as a … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Nanako HIROSE

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: Kaori SAKAGAMI

Kaori SAKAGAMI, director of PRISON CIRCLE, born in Osaka in 1965, studied at the University of Pittsburgh. After returning to Japan, she started working as a director for numerous TV documentaries. Since 2001, she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at Hitotsubashi University. Her first feature length documentary LIFERS: REACHING FOR LIFE BEYOND THE WALLS … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kaori SAKAGAMI

Guest in Focus: Naomi MIZOGUCHI

Naomi MIZOGUCHI, born in Hyogo Prefecture, worked at a film production company in Japan before becoming a freelance filmmaker in 1995 and moving to New York in 2004 to study community media. In 2008, she co-established the non-profit-organization Cineminga, shooting a number of films with the active cooperation of indigenous people in South America and … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Naomi MIZOGUCHI

Guest in Focus: Miwa YOSHIMINE

Miwa YOSHIMINE was born in 1967. Since 1991, she has worked as a freelancer for commercial broadcasting programs and NHK documentaries. THIS PLANET IS NOT MY PLANET (2019 / NC ’20) is her first feature-length documentary. We are very glad she took the time to answer our questions for our Guest in Focus series. When and how … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Miwa YOSHIMINE

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: Kaori ODA

Kaori ODA, director of TS’ONOT / CENOTE, was born in Osaka in 1987. From 2013, she lived in Sarajevo for three years, studying film under Béla Tarr. Her first two feature-length documentaries, ARAGANE (2015) and TOWARD A COMMON TENDERNESS (2017), were shown at numerous international film festivals. In 2020, she was the first recipient of … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kaori ODA

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

Guest Article: Japanese Films Since 2000

By Mark Schilling The Japanese film industry never seems to change. “Production committees” – consortiums of film studios, TV networks and other media companies – make films based on hit manga, novels and TV series now, just they did in 2000 or 1980. And anime continues to regularly top the local box office, including series … Continue reading Guest Article: Japanese Films Since 2000