Focus on the BIFF special program: “Discovering new Japanese cinema”
– With films from 10 Japanese directors of increasing prominence, from former assistant directors to world-famous directors, such as KORE-EDA Hirokazu and BONG Joon Ho, to Happy Hour screenwriter and wife of a spy!
The Special Program in Focus, which will screen works by Japanese directors who made their debut after 2010 and have been recognized by the press and critics, is expected to draw more attention to contemporary Japanese cinema, which has started with the first sparks of two Hamaguchi Ryusuke films: Drive My Car (2021) and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021). Much attention will be focused on this important opportunity to assess the promising Japanese directors who will follow the generation of Hamaguchi Ryusuke, and to better assess the current direction of Japanese cinema.
This year’s Special Program in Focus will feature films from 10 next-generation Japanese directors. The program will feature works by Miyake Sho, whom director Hamaguchi Ryusuke admires as the “Kelly Reichardt of Japan”, and Nohara Tadashi, who was the screenwriter of Happy Hour by Hamaguchi Ryusuke (2015) and the wife of a spy by Kurosawa Kiyoshi (2020).
Additionally, works by former assistant directors of acclaimed directors are featured. Among the selections are works by Kawawada Emma, who served as Kore-eda Hirokazu’s assistant director, and Katayama Shinzo, director Bong Joon Ho’s former assistant director, who was invited to the competition section of the 26th Busan International Film Festival, New Currents, for his film Missing (2021).
The program also presents films by directors who have been officially invited and awarded by prestigious film festivals around the world. The works of 10 directors, including Kiyohara Yui, winner of the Grand Prix of the 40th Pia Film Festival, Kusano Natsuka, winner of the Best Director Award of the 11th Skip City International D-Cinema Festival, Fujimoto Akio, winner of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival Best Asian Future Film Award, Harumoto Yujiro, winner of the New Currents Award of the 25th Busan International Film Festival, Sugita Kyoshi, winner of the Grand Prix of the 32nd Marseille International Film Festival, and Igarashi Kohei, awarded in the Orizzonti section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, will all be screened in “Discovering New Japanese Cinema”.
Selection advisers for this year’s featured special program include director Hamaguchi Ryusuke, Tokyo International Film Festival director Ichiyama Shozo, Osaka Asian Film Festival programmer Teruoka Sozo and International Festival programmer D -Skip City Cinema Hasegawa Toshiyuki, among many others. The special program in brief is sponsored by the Lee Heui Keon Korea-Japan Exchange Foundation.
The 27th Busan International Film Festival, which has unveiled its special program in brief, will be held for ten days from October 5 (Wednesday) to October 14 (Friday) at the Busan Cinema Center.
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