Japanese

Perspectives Japan


[Venues] Forum 4

The documentaries in the Perspectives Japan program each portray today’s Japan from a unique standpoint. Between Yesterday & Tomorrow Omnibus confronts the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami from the “nows” of both 2011 and 2016, in an omnibus-style work brought to us by four filmmakers. I Want to Run for Office follows the campaign of writer and political hopeful Lee Komaki, known for leading tours of the Tokyo neighborhood of Kabukicho, as he runs for a seat in the local ward assembly. Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory is a hotly anticipated documentary from filmmaker Hori Teiichi, usually known for his fiction films. The latest work from Murakami Kenji and Onishi Kenji will also be screened, continuing to trace for us the end of 8mm film with the two directors’ insatiable spirit of exploration, as will The Road Home, which appeared in an earlier form at Yamagata Rough Cut! 2015.


I Want to Run for Office  Dir: Xing Fei / CHINA / 2016 / 78 min
Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory  Dir: Hori Teiichi / 2014 / 64 min
Look Behind!  Dir: Murakami Kenji / JAPAN / 2017 / 8mm / 45 min
Almost Ghost  Dir: Onishi Kenji / JAPAN / 2017 / 8mm / 80 min
The Road Home  Dir: Oura Miran / JAPAN / 2016 / 48 min
BETWEEN YESTERDAY & TOMORROW Omnibus 2011/2016  Planning: Maeda Shinjiro / Dir: Suzuki Hikaru, Oki Hiroyuki, Ikeda Yasunori, Takashi Toshiko / JAPAN / 2017 / 43 min