24 May 2019


Dawn Wind in My Poncho

Nippon Connection
Saturday, June 1, 21:30 Mousonturm Studio 3

Nippon Connection has asked me host a Film Talk with guests who have a connection to the Graduate School of Film and New Media at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) in Yokohama. Yokohama’s twin city status with Frankfurt am Main has led to our having been able to invite amazing animation guests and films from Geidai since 2013. 

Participating in the talk will be this year’s animation guest Ilan Nguyen (イラン・グェン), adjuct professor to the Department of Animation.  He is presenting the Tokyo University of the Arts: Animation Shorts on Thursday, May 30th in the Naxoshalle and giving a lecture Remembering Isao Takahata: A Personal View On Post-War Japan’s Most Influential Animation Director on Friday, May 31st in Mousonturm Studio 1.

Two graduates of the Film and New Media graduate programme, Satoru Hirohara (廣原暁) and Natsuki Nakagawa (中川奈月), will also participate in order to give us the student perspective on the institution. Hirohara’s live action feature film Dawn Wind in My Poncho (ポンチョに夜明けの風はらませて / Poncho ni yoake no kaze haramasete, 2017) is having its European premiere at Nippon Connection and is competing for the Nippon Cinema Award. 

She is Alone
Nakagawa’s 60-minute feature She is Alone (彼女はひとり/ Kanojo wa hitori, 2018) is screening in the SKIP CITY INTERNATIONAL D-CINEMA FESTIVAL SPECIAL on Thursday, May 30th as one of two award-winning films from last year’s Skip City Festival in Saitama.  It is in competition in the Nippon Visions Jury and Audience Awards.

This event is sponsored by The City of Yokohama Frankfurt Representative Office and the Referat für Internationale Angelegenheiten der Stadt Frankfurt am Main.

2019 Cathy Munroe Hotes

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