23rd Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival – Programme 2023

We present the programme for the Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival which will take place from June 6 – 11, 2023 in Frankfurt, Germany.

by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Japan 2023
A Far Shore by Masaaki Kudo, Japan 2022, German premiere
A Hundred Flowers by Genki Kawamura, Japan 2022, German premiere
Baby Assassins by Hugo Sakamoto, Japan 2021, German premiere
Baby Assassins 2 Babies by Hugo Sakamoto, Japan 2023, German premiere
December by Anshul Chauhan, Japan 2022, German premiere
Drive My Car by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan 2021
Egoist by Daishi Matsunaga, Japan 2022, German premiere
I Am What I Am by Shinya Tamada, Japan 2022, German premiere
Lesson In Murder by Kazuya Shiraishi, Japan 2022, German premiere
Mondays: See You “This” Week! by Ryo Takebayashi, Japan 2022, German premiere
Mountain Woman by Takeshi Fukunaga, Japan, USA 2022, European premiere
My Small Land by Emma Kawawada, Japan, France 2022
Nabbie’s Love by Yuji Nakae, Japan 1999
Okiku And The World by Junji Sakamoto, Japan 2022, German premiere
Our Huff And Puff Journey by Daigo Matsui, Japan 2015, German premiere
PLAN 75 by Chie Hayakawa, Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar 2022, German premiere
Shin Ultraman by Shinji Higuchi, Japan 2022
Spring In Between by Rika Katsu, Japan 2022, International premiere
Straying by Rikiya Imaizumi, Japan 2021, German premiere
The Zen Diary by Yuji Nakae, Japan 2022, German premiere
Thorns Of Beauty by Hideo Jojo, Japan 2023, International premiere
To The Supreme! by Santa Yamagishi, Japan 2022, European premiere
Yudo by Masayuki Suzuki, Japan 2023, German premiere

by Yusuke Morii, Japan 2022, German premiere
Double Life by Enen Yo, Japan, China 2022, German premiere
Hoarder On The Border by Takayuki Kayano, Japan 2022, International premiere
Journey by Shogo Kiriu, Japan 2022, International premiere
Remembering Every Night by Yui Kiyohara, Japan 2022
Roleless by Yutaro Seki, Kentaro Hirase, Masahiko Sato, Japan 2022
Sayonara, Girls. by Shun Nakagawa, Japan 2022, European premiere
Scary Friend by Takara Mineo, Naohiro Takahashi, Japan 2022, European premiere
Single8 by Kazuya Konaka, Japan 2023, European premiere
The Song Of Rain by Tetsuichiro Tsuta, Japan 2021, German premiere
TOCKA by Yoshitaka Kamada, Japan 2022, International premiere
VATA by Takeshi Kamei, Japan, Madagascar 2022, International premiere
Your Lovely Smile by Kah Wai Lim, Japan 2022, German premiere

A Strand Of Regret
by Hisato Michigami, Japan 2021, International premiere
Farewell Wedding Dress, Until We Meet Again by Kyusaku Ichida, Japan 2021, International premiere
Farewell, Family by Kohei Sanada, Japan 2018, European premiere
Great Society by Masanori Oe, Japan 1967
Kureru by Yuya Takeda, Japan 2022, International premiere
Layers by Takuya Uchiyama, Japan 2021, German premiere
Moon Night by Manaka Nagai, Germany 2022
My Baddest Spicy Cooking by Sakura Ueki, Japan 2020, European premiere
Oh! My Mother by Kohei Ando, Japan 1969
One Minute Walk To Love In Cosplay by Ryosuke Tanaka, Japan 2021, International premiere
Paludes by Tsuneo Nakai, Japan 1968
Passive Aggressive by Ere Nakada, Japan 2022, International premiere
Shagiri by Keitaro Fujimori, Japan 2022, International premiere
Shelter by Nobuhiro Aihara, Japan 1980
Silk & Rushes by Ryushi Lindsay, Japan 2023, World premiere
Theater by Yu Sakudo, Japan 2022, German premiere
They Are/Were Watching by Aki Hiraoka, Yasuharu Soshi, Japan 2022, International premiere
Tokyo Capsule Hotel by Emi Saito, Japan 2018, European premiere
Wedding Anniversary by Takafumi Sakabe, Japan 2021, German premiere
Why by Keiichi Tanaami, Japan 1975

Future Boy Conan
by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1978
Gold Kingdom And Water Kingdom by Kotono Watanabe, Japan 2022, German premiere
Lonely Castle In The Mirror by Keiichi Hara, Japan 2022, German premiere
Poupelle Of Chimney Town by Yusuke Hirota, Japan 2020
Sumikkogurashi: The Little Wizard In The Blue Moonlight by Takahiro Omori, Japan 2021, European premiere
Tekkonkinkreet by Michael Arias, Japan 2006
The Deer King by Masashi Ando, Masayuki Miyaji, Japan 2021

by Yuxin Gao, Japan 2022, International premiere
Carrots Don’t Wait by Lina Machida, Japan 2022, International premiere
In The Big Yard Inside The Teeny-Weeny Pocket by Yoko Yuki, Japan 2022
JOHNNY THE EEL by Naoyuki Niiya, Japan 2021, International premiere
Magnified City by Isaku Kaneko, Japan 2022, German premiere
Ogre, Curtain And Salt by Misa Nishihara, Japan 2022, German premiere
OTOHIME 20000 by Naoyuki Niiya, Japan 2018, German premiere
PIROPIROPU by Iyo Matsumoto, Japan 2022, International premiere
The Hole by Sawako Nakagawa, Japan 2022, International premiere
The Nighthawk Is Not A Hawk by Junjie Wang, Japan 2022, International premiere
The Tiny Hunter And The Giant Rat: Back To Otohime 20000 by Naoyuki Niiya, Japan 2022, International premiere
Those Scary Black Things by Daigo Shinkai, Japan 2022, International premiere
Tiger Is Strolling Around by Anastasiia Falileieva, Ukraine 2021
Tunnel Wandering by Zehao Li, Japan 2022, International premiere
Vision by Çağıl Harmandar, Japan 2022, International premiere
Wanna Be Reborn As A Mole On The Back Of The Unicorn’s Neck by Yuchen Liu, Japan 2022, International premiere
We’ll Water Them So They Don’t Fossilize And Also Expose Them To Light by Yuka Abe, Japan 2022, International premiere

A Son
by Ryuichi Shimada, Japan 2022, International premiere
I Am A Comedian by Fumiari Hyuga, Japan, South Korea 2022, International premiere
Maelstrom by Mizuko Yamaoka, Japan 2022, German premiere
My Anniversaries by Sungwoong Kim, Japan 2021, European premiere
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Coda by Stephen Nomura Schible, Japan, USA 2017
Soup And Ideology by Yonghi Yang, Japan, South Korea 2021, German premiere
Tokyo Uber Blues by Taku Aoyagi, Japan 2022, German premiere
UMUI – Guardians Of Traditions by Daniel López, Japan 2022, German premiere

by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1944
Carmen Comes Home by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1951
Carmen’s Pure Love by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1952
Morning For The Osone Family by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1946
She Was Like A Wild Chrysanthemum by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1955
Spring Dreams by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1960
The River Fuefuki by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1960
The Snow Flurry by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1959
Twenty-Four Eyes by Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan 1954

Future Boy Conan
by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan 1978 (German dubbed version)
Poupelle Of Chimney Town by Yusuke Hirota, Japan 2020 (German dubbed version)
Sumikkogurashi: The Little Wizard In The Blue Moonlight by Takahiro Omori, Japan 2021 (German live dubbing)

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