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: 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: Hajime IZUKI – The Light Dances (TKY2015 Short Film Series)

The Festival is over but our Guest in Focus series is not. Today we will learn a bit more about Hajime IZUKI, director of The Light Dances, which is one of the short films of the TKY2015 project, which screened at this years Nippon Connection festival. When and how did you first get into filmmaking? … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Hajime IZUKI – The Light Dances (TKY2015 Short Film Series)

Guest in Focus: Kimi TAKESUE – 95 And 6 To Go

On the last day of the festival, the Guest in Focus series turns to Kimi TAKESUE, director of the documentary 95 And 6 To Go.   When and how did you first get into filmmaking? I was initially drawn to filmmaking during my college years as an extension of my academic interests in Cultural Studies … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Kimi TAKESUE – 95 And 6 To Go

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

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

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