Focus on World-renowned Japanese

This program introduces short films from world-renowned Japanese filmmakers, including Juzo Itami, whose works have been well-received by international audiences for over 30 years.

Ebisu / 10/19 thu 19:00-20:30
Ebisu / 10/20 fri 17:00-18:30
Ebisu / 10/21 sat 11:00-12:30
“Lu Over the Wall” won Grand Prix in the Feature Film Competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Kick Heart

Masaaki Yuasa/12:00/Japan/Animation/2013

Castillo is a young dockworker who lives on the coast between Brazil and Uruguay. He divides his time between the carpets he has to carry, his family and a fishing rod at the pier. On a windy night, he faces his own brutality on the line of the fishhook.

The first Japanese director to head Cannes Cinefondation and Short Film Jury


Naomi Kawase/22:02/Japan/Drama/2015

The life and artistic views of a designer through an interview that's replete with poetic dialogue.

The first Japanese director to win second prize at Zagreb International Animation Festival 2016

Datum Point

Ryo Orikasa/6:41/Japan/Experimental/2015

Yoshiro Ishihara (1915–1977), who burst upon the scene of Japanese modern poetry in the mid-1950s, is now remembered as a “poet of silence.” He said “A poem is an impulse to resist writing.” This film is an attempt to seek out the landscape from his poem.

Juzo Itami, director of “Tampopo”, has many devoted fans around the world. This is his legendary first short film


Ichizo Itami/32:00/Japan/Drama/1964

The first film of Juzo Itami. The film describes a group of unique young people in the high economic growth period, who are into games with rubber band pistols.

Ebisu / 10/19 thu 19:00-20:30
Ebisu / 10/20 fri 17:00-18:30
Ebisu / 10/21 sat 11:00-12:30

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