These are eighteen films you shouldn’t miss at the 22nd Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival which will take place from May 24 – 29, 2022 in Frankfurt, and On Demand from May 30 until June 6, 2022.
– Selected Films –
Jungo is the embodiment of an angsty teenager: as a gay “Jappino” – half Filipino, half Japanese – he experiences discrimination on a daily basis. He also has a strained relationship with his mother, who immigrated from the Philippines. When she introduces him to her shady fiancé, Jungo sets out to find his biological father. (Nippon Connection 2022)
After embarrassing himself on television, young father Tasuku leaves his provincial home for Tokyo. Two years later, he attempts a comeback. Taiga NAKANO is unforgettable in the leading role of this dramedy about the conflict between tradition and modernity. The film won a jury prize at the San Sebastian International Film Festival for its cinematography. (Nippon Connection 2022)
“I want to die. I don’t want to be a burden!” Naoko NOBUTOMO’s documentary I GO GAGA, MY DEAR ended with these words. In the sequel to the hugely successful film, she continues the story of her mother, who suffers from dementia. The director once again provides a deeply touching yet cheerful insight into her family history. (Nippon Connection 2022)
May 25, 2022 | Wednesday | NAXOS Cinema | 17:00 pm (Buy tickets here)
A young girl dies in a small Japanese town. The people are shocked, while the media pounce on the circumstances of her death and look for someone to blame. The bereaved no longer find peace from the reporters covering the story. Director Keisuke YOSHIDA relentlessly analyzes the existential effects of scandalizing journalism on people’s lives. (Nippon Connection 2022)
Since a severe motorcycle accident, Shunsaku has been paralyzed from the neck down and has lost the desire to live. However, the blind caregiver Hanae helps him look at his situation differently. A touching love story develops that explores questions of freedom and hope. Keita FUJIMOTO’s debut film features NIPPON HONOR AWARD winner Masatoshi NAGASE. (Nippon Connection 2022)
In her late grandmother’s garden, Koto meets an old man who lives there in a cardboard house and records everyday sounds on tape. He then buries the tapes in the ground. The two share an unusually sonorous winter. Kahori HIGASHI’s directorial debut impresses with musician xiangyu in the leading role, its relaxed narrative style and a meditative soundtrack. (Nippon Connection 2022)
In a future Japanese city, unmarried people are drafted to solve the declining birthrate. When 44-year-old unmarried Yoshiko meets mysterious Suzuki, she hopes to escape this fate. But not all is as it seems. Omoi SASAKI’s feature film debut is an impressive science fiction dystopia that combines fresh ideas, drama and deadpan humor to deliver a unique film experience. (Nippon Connection 2022)
May 29, 2022 | Sunday | NAXOS Cinemas | 20:45 pm (Buy tickets here)
Miu’s family is targeted by the authorities due to her grandfather’s fight against a xenophobic law. He reveals a secret to her, so that she can continue his struggle: Miu is the last in a long line of ninjas! With that knowledge in hand, she starts battling corrupt politicians. Director Yu IRIE playfully combines satire with drama and stylized action. (Nippon Connection 2022)
Atsushi SUWA, a painter, is offered a contract to paint a portrait of a couple’s deceased son. In order to learn about him, he studies photos of him and draws the faces of his family and a friend, who talk about their memories. Filmmaker Tadasuke KOTANI follows this approach of the artist to create a deep, moving documentary about the power of memory. (Nippon Connection 2022)
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