22 May 2019

Hiroyasu Ishida at Nippon Connection 2019

Studio Colorido

One of the animation highlights at Nippon Connection this year is presence of the rising star of the anime world, Hiroyasu “tete” Ishida (石田 祐康, b. 1988). The festival will be the German premiere of Ishida’s debut feature anime Penguin Highway (ペンギン・ハイウェイ, 2018).  They will also be showing a selection of his animated short films. After the screening of his shorts, Ishida will be participating in a film talk.

Originally from Aichi Prefecture, Ishida studied animation at Kyoto Seika University where he was mentored by the legendary anime director Gisaburo Sugii (Night on the Galactic Railroad, The Life of Guskou Budori). While a student at Kyoto Seika, Ishida’s amusing short film Fumiko’s Confession (2009) became an online sensation. It went on to win many awards around the world including the Excellence Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival. This was followed by his more introspective graduate film rain town (2011) which was also met with acclaim and won Ishida the New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival.

In 2011, together with producer Hideo Uda, Ishida co-founded Studio Colorido in Tokyo, where he made more short works before taking on the challenge of his first feature film. Penguin Highway (2018) won the Axis: Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal. It also earned Ishida a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the Japanese Academy Awards.

Friday, May 31, 19:30 Mal Seh’n Kino → Buy tickets
Saturday, June 1, 11:30 Mousonturm Saal
Japan 2018, 118’, Japanese with German subtitles

Sunday, June 2, 15:00 Naxoshalle Kino
Japanese with English subtitles

Fumiko’s Confession
Fumiko no Kokuhaku
by Hiroyasu ISHIDA, 2009, 2:22

rain town
by Hiroyasu ISHIDA, 2011, 9’55”

Sonny Boy & Dewdrop Girl
Hinata no Aoshigure
by Hiroyasu ISHIDA, 2013, 17’58”

Fastening Days
by Hiroyasu ISHIDA, 2014, 11’12”

Paulette’s Chair
Poulette no Isu
by Hiroyasu ISHIDA, 2014, 4’01”

2019 Cathy Munroe Hotes

NC2019: Tokyo University of the Arts Animation

Nippon Connection
Tokyo University of the Arts: Animation Shorts
Thursday, May 30, 12:00
Naxoshalle Kino → Learn More

Once again, Nippon Connection will be screening a selection of recent films by students of the Graduate Programme in Animation at Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai). Since opening the department in 2008, Geidai has produced top quality animated shorts and launched or boosted the careers of many artists. These year’s selection will be presented by Ilan Nguyen who is an adjunct instructor to the Department of Animation at Tokyo University of the Arts. Nguyen is well known in the international animation community, particularly in his native France and his adopted home of Japan, as an animation expert and historian. He also works as an interpreter for many prominent Japanese animation figures when they visit France and as a cultural programme coordinator for festivals and exhibitions. On Friday, June 31st at 13:30 in Mousonturm Studio 1, Nguyen will also be giving a memorial talk Remembering Isao Takahata: A Personal View on Post-War Japan’s Most Influential Animation Director.

The Body in the Mind
Atama no Karada
by Yumeno HOSHI / 星 夢乃
2019, 6’08”

Pickle Plum Parade
Umeboshi Patorōru
by Eri SASAKI / ささきえり
2019, 3’50”

Keep Forgetting
Nando demo Wasureyō
by Takahiro SHIBATA / しばたたかひろ
2019, 10’27”

Boozy Woozy Wonderland
Wandafuru Chidoriashi in Wandārando
by Shiika OKADA / 岡田 詩歌
2019, 2’25”

Nocturnal Roadwork
Yoru no Dōrokōji
Misuzu HASHIJI / 端地 美鈴
2019, 4’46”

Indoor Days
Hokani Denai Hi
by Asaki NISHINO / 西野 朝来
2019, 3’07”

by Kohei SAITO / 齊藤 光平
2019, 8’52”

The Death Vendor
by Jinkyu JEON / 全 振圭
2019, 5’40”

Hear the Snow Melt
Yukidoke wo Kiite
by Leina MURAMATSU / 村松 怜那
2019, 4’13”

Text Complex
ひ なんてなくなってしまえ
Hi Nante Nakunatte Shimae
by Haruka HIRAMATSU / 平松 悠
2019, 6’48”

Stay with Me
湿らない 腐らない おいしく まろやか
Shimaranai Kusaranai Oishiku Maruyaka
by Yuki MAEHATA / 前畑 侑紀
2019, 4’40”

Bath House of Whales
Kujira no Yu
by Mizuki KIYAMA / キヤマミズキ
2019, 6’34”

2019 Cathy Munroe Hotes

NC2019 – Ilan Nguyen Lecture – “Remembering Isao Takahata”

Remembering Isao Takahata
A Personal View On Post-War Japan’s Most Influential Animation Director
A lecture by Ilan Nguyen
Friday, May 31, 13:30
Mousonturm Studio 1
Nippon Connection
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours
Lecture in English

I am delighted that our guest at Nippon Connection this year is Ilan Nguyen, a well-known animation expert whom I have had the pleasure to meet at festivals in his native France and in Japan. He is an adjunct instructor to the Department of Animation at Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) and will also be presenting this year’s selection of films from Geidai students on Thursday, May 30th at noon in the Naxoshalle.

In addition to his work as an animation critic and historian Nguyen works as a cultural programme coordinator for festivals and exhibitions. He is a familiar face in the animation community in France, where he often acts as an interpreter for many prominent Japanese animation figures. In particular, he had a very close relationship with Isao Takahata (1935-2018), and accompanied him to France many times.

I have heard Nguyen give lectures on animation in French at RICA – the Wissembourg Ciné Club’s biannual animation festival (1995-2016) and can attest to what an interesting and delightful speaker he is. He is a fountain of knowledge about the career of Takahata and about the animation community in Japan past and present – this is a highly recommended event for all fans of anime.

2019 Cathy Munroe Hotes


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