Focus on Rising Japanese Directors

This program presents a variety of short films directed by up-and-coming Japanese filmmakers who have participated at SSFF & ASIA.

Ebisu / 10/20 fri 13:00-14:30
Ebisu / 10/21 sat 17:00-18:30
Ebisu / 10/22 sun 11:00-12:30
Directed HKT 48 music video while attending university


Hana Matsumoto/6:53/Japan/Music Video/2015

A song that perfectly captures the delicate emotional landscape of our teenage years, Atsuki Taketomo's ''Waremono Chui'' inspired this film by fellow teen, director Hana Matsumoto. This colloboration, which came out of a high school film competition, portrays the romance and heartbreak of youth.

First feature film in this year was “TOKYO GHOUL"

Super Star

Kentaro Hagiwara/18:50/Japan/Drama/2011

When Toshiko gets a chance to realize the dream of meeting her favorite Korean idol, the last thing she wants is to be late for his scheduled appearance at a promotional event. Desperate to make it there on time she decides a taxi would be the quickest route ? only to be confronted by an extremely grumpy cab driver…

New film “Saigon Bodyguards” was a big hit in Vietnam

Two Juliets of Verona

Ken Ochiai/15:00/Japan/Music Short/2014

Verona Girls’ High School has been holding its legendary theater festival for 120 years. Julie and Yuri are competing with each other to appear as the star of the play. When they find out the school will become co-educational and a male transfer student appears, the battle intensifies...

First feature film was “The Old Capital” (2016) starring Yasuko Matsuyuki

A Butter Fly on Her Chest

Yuki Saito/14:55/Japan/Drama/2012

Her parents’ divorce, her change in lifestyle by moving from Tokyo to the countryside, the parting with her grandmother who was her only source of comfort... To free herself from her confining world, she has a butterfly tattooed on her chest.

Multitalented in film, TV and music videos as a director and actor


Daigo Matsui/22:29/Japan/Drama/2016

One day, out of work musician Yusuke is taken to a "pink salon." There, he falls in love with Hitomi and winds up in her apartment. He starts to play music for her with her ex-boyfriend's guitar.

Ebisu / 10/20 fri 13:00-14:30
Ebisu / 10/21 sat 17:00-18:30
Ebisu / 10/22 sun 11:00-12:30

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