Guest in Focus: Koji HIJIKATA

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON DOCS section, we are presenting Koji HIJIKATAs documentary film SAYONARA TV. Koji HIJIKATA was born in Gifu Prefecture in 1976. After graduating in English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo, he has been working as a producer at the news channel Tokai TV since … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Koji HIJIKATA

Guest in Focus: Lunch Bee House

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON DOCS section, we are presenting Laura Liverani (right) and Neo SORA's (middle) documentary film AINU NENO AN AINU as a world premiere. Directors Laura Liverani (Japan/Italy), Neo SORA (Japan/USA), and producer Valý Þórsteinsdóttir (Iceland) (left) form the creative collective Lunch Bee House, named in … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Lunch Bee House

Guest in Focus: Yoshinori Sato

Outsiders and Outlaws: An interview with Yoshinori Sato Directo Yoshinori Sato, well-known for his feature films, including Bad Child and Her Mother, studied at the University of Southern California before he started to work for TV-productions. Shinjuku Tiger is his first documentary feature and will celebrate its international premiere at 19th Nippon Connection Film Festival. … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yoshinori Sato

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

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

A tribute to Gilles Laurent and his film La Terre abandonnée

On Tuesday, May 23rd, at 8pm, the Nippon Visions section of Nippon Connection 2017 officially began with a screening of the independent documentary La Terre abandonnée. This screening of the directorial debut of Belgian filmmaker Gilles Laurent was supposed to signal a new phase of his career, but instead served as a poignant epitaph to … Continue reading A tribute to Gilles Laurent and his film La Terre abandonnée