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Director Spotlight #13:

Dir. SHIOTA Akihiko (The World of You) Born in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture in 1961, ​Shiota has ​been a regular participant in the…

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Director Spotlight #12:

Dir. NISHIKORI Yoshinari (The Takatsu River) Film director and screenwriter. Born in January 1962 in Izumo, the birthplace of Kabuki, Sake and Sumo…

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Director Spotlight #11:

Dir. SATO Yoshinori (Shinjuku Tiger) Yoshinori Sato was born in Aichi, Japan on February 1975. After graduating high school, he went to the…

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Meet Director TANAKA Daiki

Born in Tokyo in 1994, freelance film director, Tanaka, is a graduate of Nihon University College of Art's film directing course. Tanaka’s genre-defying thesis film, Filament, won awards…

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Meet Director UMEZAKI Yo

Umezaki joined TV Tokyo in 1989. After working as a news and sports reporter, directed a number of nature documentaries on such places as the Himalayas and a…

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Meet Director UENISHI Yudai

Born in Osaka in 1964, actor, scriptwriter, film director, and president of 10ANTS, Uenishi has been active mainly on the stage in the Kansai region since the establishment…

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Meet Director TSUTSUMI Yukihiko

Yukihiko Tsutsumi born in 1955 is one of the most successful film directors in the Japanese film industry. His 40-year career started as a director of TV programs,…

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Meet Director ABERA Hidenobu

Japanese actor and film director, was born in BABEL LABEL, New York, USA and raised in Osaka, Japan. Abera directed, wrote, and starred in "A Naked Boy Eager…

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Meet Director Haris M Sheikh

Born in Tokyo in 1994 to a Japanese mother and a Pakistani father, Haris M. Sheikh completed the New Cinema Workshop Creator Course at Chuo University where he…

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Meet Director Koji Uehara

Unbound by genre or convention, Uehara is actively involved in both mainstream and underground music, primarily in the Kansai area. He is the vocalist of a rock…

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Meet Director HASEGAWA Tomofumi

Since 1990, Hasegaw has been active as a stage director and also worked as a designer on animated TV series such as "Activ Raid," "Hand Red," and "Slave…

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Meet Director MIZOGUCHI Naomi

After working at a film production company in Japan, Mizoguchi went freelance in 1995, and has since created various films, including documentaries for TV, promotional videos, and short…

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Meet Director MIZOGUCHI Naomi

After working at a film production company in Japan, Mizoguchi went freelance in 1995, and has since created various films, including documentaries for TV, promotional videos, and short…

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Meet Director MINAKUCHI Monzo

Born in Tokyo on July 19, 1997, MINAKUCHI Monzo graduated from Musashino Art University. His films and music videos have screened widely and have received awards at various…

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Early Bird Passes are now available!

Early Bird Passes are now available! All-Access Pass (provides access to all 11 films for the duration of the festival): $23 5 Virtual Ticket Bundle…

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Winner’s remarks from Dir. SAKAMOTO

We are delighted to share remarks from director SAKAMOTO Yoshihiro, whose film House of Seasons won the Audience Award at the 2021 Chicago Japan Film Collective.

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2021 Audience Award

The Chicago Japanese Film Collective, the first Japanese film festival in the Midwest, is finally underway …

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A Special Closing Celebration!

This conversation between Naoto (the subject of the film) and the director Nakamura was …

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Meet MIZUMA Long:

Born on October 28, 1989. Born in Dalian, China and raised in Osaka. After graduating from university …

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Meet HIROTA Tomona:

Born in 1987. HIROTA has appeared in many films, including Princess Raccoon (2005), Cat-Eyed Boy …

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Meet Issey Ogata:

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1952, Ogata began his theatrical career in 1971. In 1980, he began performing …

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Meet MINAMI Sara:

Born on June 11, 2002 in Kanagawa Prefecture. Minami debuted as a model after winning …

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Meet EMOTO Tasuku:

Born on December 16, 1986 in Tokyo, Japan, Emoto passed the audition for the role of the main …

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Meet NAGASE Masatoshi:

Born on July 15, 1966 in Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan, Nagase made his debut as a leading role in SOUMAI Shinji’s …

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Meet MATSUMURA Naoto:

Even though it became a part of the evacuation zone following the radiation leak from the Fukushima …

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Meet MAYUMURA Chicaki:

Born on September 12, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan. MAYUMURA Chiaki is the president and charismatic…

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Director Spotlight #9:

Nakamura earned an MFA from the Graduate Film Program at New York University. In 2006, her first …

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Director Spotlight #8:

Nakamura earned an MFA from the Graduate Film Program at New York University. In 2006, her first …

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Director Spotlight #8:

Nakamura earned an MFA from the Graduate Film Program at New York University. In 2006, her first …

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Director Spotlight #7:

Nakamura earned an MFA from the Graduate Film Program at New York University. In 2006, her first …

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Director Spotlight #6:

Born in 1988 in Toyama Prefecture, Imamura began teaching himself to shoot film while a student at Nihon …

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Director Spotlight #5:

Daisuke Miyazaki was born in 1980 in Yokohama. After graduating from Waseda University, he participated …

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Director Spotlight:

With an MA in economics from University of Pittsburgh, Sakagami is an independent documentary …

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Born in 1986 in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, Sakamoto joined a workshop in university called …

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A self-taught filmmaker, Hayashi made his directorial debut in 1986 with the self-produced …

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Born in 1986 in Kitami City, Hokkaido, Oki transitioned from working as an assistant director for TV programs …

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Early Bird Passes are now available!

Today, the Early Bird tickets became available to purchase! Prices are: All-Access pass that allows you to …

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1st CJFC is underway!

The Chicago Japanese Film Collective, the first Japanese film festival in the Midwest, is finally underway …

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