Recent News Stories
- Japan box office rises 6.6% in 2014
- Bong Joon-ho joins Berlin jury
- Big Hero 6's Japan streak continues
- Hobbit finale opens huge at China box office
- Busan festival head under pressure to resign
- Wanda announces Five Continents' lineup
- Gangnam Blues dethrones Ode in South Korea
- Marco Müller takes position at Beijing festival
- Berlin adds River to Generations
- China Lion acquires Somewhere and Running Man
- Fox and mm2 sign co-production agreement
- Seventh Son tops China box office
- Big Hero 6 tops third week in Japan
- Sabu's Chasuke's Journey joins Berlin competition
- CJ's Ode and Forecast lead Korea box office
- Rotterdam pays tribute to Jang Jin, Taiwan
- Berlin Panorama adds three from Asia
- Taiwan announces 2015 subsidy films
- Yukisada Isao to adapt pop idol novel
- Berlinale Forum includes five from Asia
- Ghibli's Kaguya nominated for Academy Award
- Cape Nostalgia leads Japan Academy nominations
- N.E.W. launches international sale division
- Fool, Ghouls, Nightingale get Taiwan quota
- Bullets and Big Father to compete in Berlin
- Big Hero 6 tops Japan b.o. for second weekend
- Miss Granny remake tops China box office
- Alibaba teams with Wong Kar-wai on Ferryman
- Midnight After tops HK Film Critics award
- Taipei box office down in 2014
- Jaycee Chan gets six months for drug offence
- I Fine nears 2 million admissions
- Ode to My Father extends box office streak
- Rotterdam sets Bright Future and Spectrum films
- South Korean films lose domestic dominance
- Pale Moon leads Blue Ribbon nominations
- Big Hero 6 rises to top of Japan b.o.
- Luc Besson to head Beijing jury
- Tiger Mountain holds peak at China box office
- Rotterdam selects Tiger competition
Nippon Connection reconnects
By Stephen Cremin
Sun, 24 February 2013, 18:15 PM (HKT)
The 13th Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection (4-9 Jun 2013), the world's largest showcase of Japanese cinema, has announced the first titles in this year's lineup.
The German festival is being revitalised this year, moving from Frankfurt University to the city's Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Naxoshalle, and pushing later in the year to June from its traditional dates in April or early May. In addition to narrative features, it presents shorts, documentaries and experimental cinema.
Highlights at this year's edition, that were announced yesterday, include KUROSAWA Kiyoshi 黒沢清's Penance 贖罪 (2012), YOSHIDA Daihachi 吉田大八's The Kirishima Thing 桐島、部活やめるってよ (2012) (pictured), OKITA Shuichi 沖田修一's A Story of Yonosuke 横道世之介 (2012) and WATANABE Ryohei 渡部亮平's Shady かしこい狗は、吠えずに笑う (2012).
Directors who have already confirmed their attendance are TOYODA Toshiaki 豊田利晃, with I'm Flash! (2012) and MATSUE Tetsuaki 松江哲明 with Flashback Memories 3D フラッシュバックメモリーズ ３Ｄ (2012). Producer and actress SUGINO Kiki 杉野希妃 will also present UCHIDA Nobuteru 内田伸輝's Odayaka おだやかな日常 (2012).
The festival's Nippon in Motion Award competition, now in its second year, has extended the deadline for submissions until 15 Mar. Films must run no more than 12 seconds, be understandable without sound and focus on the topic of "Nippon in Motion". The three winning entries will be screened in Frankfurt's subway stations.
Last year, the festival screened 142 features and shorts to an audience of over 16,000, with more than 50 guests attending from Japan.