Guest in Focus: Yu Hsin CHIUEH

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Yu Hsin CHIUEHs short film PROJECT TANUKI as part of our JVTA Meets PIA Film Festival: Shorts program. Born in 1995 in the U.S.A., Chiueh came to Japan from Taiwan in 2018 and began shooting self-produced films. She currently … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Yu Hsin CHIUEH

Guest in Focus: Junta Yamaguchi

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Junta YAMAGUCHIs feature film BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES. Junta YAMAGUCHI, born in Osaka Prefecture in 1987, studied Management at Kindai University. Since 2005, he has been part of the theater group EUROPE KIKAKU from Kyoto and works as … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Junta Yamaguchi

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: Soshi MATSUMOTO

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Soshi MATSUMOTO's feature film debut IT'S A SUMMER FILM! Soshi MATSUMOTO was born in Saitama in 1988 and started his career by directing numerous commercials, music videos, short films, and series for TV and the web. His feature-length debut … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Soshi MATSUMOTO

Guest in Focus: Akihiko YANO

In the 2021 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival's NIPPON VISIONS section, we are showing Akihiko YANO's new feature film YES, YES, YES. Akihiko YANO was born in Miyazaki Prefecture in 1985 and studied film at ENBU Seminar under Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI. He made his directorial debut with his graduation film IMAGINE in 2010. Afterwards … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Akihiko YANO

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

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

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: Kensei Takahashi

"MeToo Japan" - A Young Filmmakers Perspective Kensei Takahashi, born 1996 in Hokkaido, already dreamed about making films when he was still a child. Takahashis debut feature Sea was his final work for university and was presented at the Tokyo International Film Festival. We are very pleased that Mr. Takahashi will attend the 19th Nippon Connection … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kensei Takahashi