Guest in Focus: Riho KUDO

LET ME HEAR IT BAREFOOT director Riho KUDO © PFF Partners [日本語版は下にあります] In the 2022 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival’s NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Riho KUDO's film LET ME HEAR IT BAREFOOT. Riho KUDO, born in Fukuoka in 1995, studied film at Kyoto University of the Arts. Her graduation film ORPHANS' … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Riho KUDO

Guest in Focus: Ren SUDO

BACKLIGHT director Ren SUDO © 2021『逆光』FILM [日本語版は下にあります] In the 2022 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival’s NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Ren SUDO's film BACKLIGHT. Ren SUDO was born in Tokyo in 1996. While studying law at Keio University, he began working as a model and actor. He has been in a number … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Ren SUDO

Guest in Focus: Masakazu KANEKO

RING WANDERING director Masakazu KANEKO ©RW Production Committee [日本語版は下にあります] In the 2022 edition of the Nippon Connection Film Festival’s NIPPON VISIONS section, we are presenting Masakazu KANEKO's film RING WANDERING. Masakazu KANEKO, born in Tokyo in 1978, made 8mm and 16mm films while studying political science and economics. After graduation, he studied under Takahisa ZEZE … Continue reading Guest in Focus: Masakazu KANEKO

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