Japan Tag Archive

Live Action

Koya Kamura Crafts a Humbling Contemplative Drama About Grief in His Fukushima-Set Debut ‘Homesick’

Koya Kamura reflects on his successful decision to make the leap from a decade in commercials into his narrative debut, a drama set in post-disaster Japan.

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Live Action

Hayato Ando Foresees a Service Which Returns the Deceased for 49 Days in Near Future Sci-Fi ‘Son of Memory’

Hayato Ando breaks down how he cinematically represented digitally-recreated loved ones for his philosophical sci-fi drama 'Son of Memory'.

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Animation

A Didactic Short Story Is Given an All Too Relatable Contemporary Spin in ‘Rope’ by Kyomu Yoshida

Kyomu Yoshida details why he chose to animate a caustic social commentary derived from a tale by the father of the Japanese short story in 'Rope'.

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Live Action

How an Ambitious Fish Became a Girl in Thessa Meijer’s Celebrated Tragicomedy ‘The Walking Fish’

Thessa Meijer discusses overcoming language barriers for her Japan-set short about an ambitious sea-creature who becomes a woman striving for perfection.

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Live Action

A Mother and Daughter Attempt to Bridge the Distance Between Them in Kana Hatakeyama’s ‘Okaasan (Mom)’

A mother & daughter attempt to reconnect after dealing with the death of a beloved family member in Kana Hatakeyama’s quietly observed short Okaasan (Mom)

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Asides, Music

Kano: Pan-Fried (Feat. Kojo Funds)

Taichi Kimura takes Kano back to his roots in 'Pan-Fried', a celebration of community bonds forged in the travails of less than ideal life circumstances.

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Live Action

“The Butterflies are 100% Real” – Mackenzie Sheppard Joins us to Discuss the Sequel to his Popular Short Film

Mackenzie Sheppard returns to Directors Notes to discuss 'Butterfly' - the sequel to his popular short film 'Moth'.

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Asides, Live Action

Butterfly

Mackenzie Sheppard's 'Moth' sequel short 'Butterfly' follows a man who finds his reality breaking down as he investigates a mysterious building project…

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Asides, Music

Otoboke Beaver: Don’t Light My Fire

ONIONSKIN partner up with punk band Otoboke Beaver for rivetingly in your face 360 degree captured performance music video 'Don’t Light My Fire'.

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Live Action

Mackenzie Sheppard Gets in the Mindset of an Alien to Sell Our Planet in His ‘Visit Earth’ Web Series

Mackenzie Sheppard returns to DN to discuss 'VISIT EARTH' - a series designed to "sell" planet Earth to intergalactic tourists.

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Live Action

“Man is to Phone as Moth is to Light” – Mackenzie Sheppard Tackles Technology Addiction in new Short ‘Moth’

Shot on 16mm, director Mackenzie Sheppard joins us to discuss his visually striking new short about our collective addiction to technology, 'Moth'.

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Animation

Take a Whistle Stop Tour of the Land of the Rising Sun in Dante Zaballa’s Charming Animation ‘My Trip

Animator Dante Zaballa tells DN about immortalizing his jaunt to the land of the rising sun in delightfully charming animation 'My Trip to Japan'.

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