Kyoko Kagawa〔Actress〕

Born in Tokyo. Makes her debut in the Shintoho film "Mado kara Tobidase" in 1950. She makes appearances in films by directors that represent Japanese cinema, such as Mikio Naruse's "Mother" ('53), Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" ('53), Kenji Mizoguchi's "A Story From Chikamatsu" ('54), Akira Kurosawa's "High and Low" ('63) and "Madadayo" ('93). She also makes appearances in theatre and on television. In 2011, she was awarded the FIAF prize for her contribution to the preservation of the world film heritage, and is a representative actress of Japan.

Thierry Frémaux〔Cannes Film Festival General Director〕

Born in 1960, Isère, France. Becomes Art Director for Cannes Film Festival in 2001, and General Director from 2007. Also the Director of Institut Lumière of Lyon. Has a black belt in judo.

Keiko Iiboshi〔Historica navigator, Writer and TV personality〕

Born in Osaka in 1963. Keiko Iiboshi is active not only as a TV personality, but also as an author who has a serial publication in newspapers and magazines. She is well known as a fan of Japanese football team Hanshin Tigers. She has a wide range of interests and hobbies, and is well informed of figure skating, Kabuki plays, traditional Japanese comedic story telling Rakugo and film industry. As a huge fan of Kung Fu/Wuxia movies, she has been appointed as the navigator of the 8th Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival in order to convey the appeal of period films through events and talk shows.

Gábor Herendi〔Film Director〕

Born in 1960. After a few years as creative director for ad agency BBDO Hungary, Herendi started his own commercial production company, Skyfilm Studio in 1991. Skyfilm became the highest earning and most award winning company of its kind in Hungary. After ten years and over 500 commercial spots, decided to direct his first feature film in 2001. He won lots of awards, his movies got three times the Award of the Highest Cinema Admissions.

Jared Moshé〔Film Director〕

Writer-director Jared Moshé marked his transition from accomplished producer to the director's chair with the debut of his feature film, the award winning “DEAD MAN'S BURDEN”. Among Moshé's notable independent production credits, “KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The film was produced under Moshé's Sidetrack Films banner, a financing and production company he co- founded. Among the other innovative narrative and documentary films produced by Moshé at Sidetrack are the Emmy-nominated documentary “FAVELA RISING”. Most recently, “CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL” a documentary about the legendary Hollywood filmmaker Roger Corman with interviews with such luminaries as Jack Nicholson, Jonathan Demme, Ron Howard, Peter Bogdanovich, and Martin Scorcese.

CHEN Yu-Hsun〔Film Director〕

CHEN Yu-Hsun is a renowned commercial director and filmmaker who has achieved fame for his unique sense of humor and is regarded as the master of comedies. His first feature “Tropical Fish” (95) is both commercially successful and critically acclaimed, awarded the Blue Leopard Prize at Locarno Film Festival. In 2013, his long awaited third feature “Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast” is a breakout hit of the year, marking another milestone of comedy movie in the history of Taiwan cinema.

Makoto Shinozaki〔Film Director〕

Professor at the Department of Expression Studies, Rikkyo University. He starts filming with 8mm film in middle school. Studied Social Psychology at Rikkyo University. After graduation, he becomes a projection engineer and writer, then makes his debut as director with "Okaeri" in 1995. He is awarded 11 awards oversears, including the Wolfgang Staudte Award at Berlin International Film Festival and the First FIlm Prize at Montréal World Film Festival. He directed the films "Wasurerarenu Hitobito" ('00, Nantes Three Continents Festival Best Actress and Best Actor), "Inu to arukeba: Chirori to Tamura" ('04, Shanghai International Film Festival Asian New Talent Award), "Tokyo-jima" ('10), "Arekara" ('12), "SHARING" ('14), and "Kyoso" ('17). He has filmed 2 documentaries for Takeshi Kitano, and co-wrote "Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cinema History of Horror" with Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Sadao Yamane〔Film Critic〕

Born in 1939, Osaka. Graduate of French course, Osaka University of Foreign Studies. After becoming editor for book review magazines and publications, he takes part in the editing and publishing of volumes 69 to 71 of “Cinema”, a film review magazine. He writes critical essays on Japanese cinema for “Kinema Junpo” since 1986. His main publications include “Eiga kari” (film hunt), “Katsugeki no yukue” (the whereabouts of action films), “Masumura Yasuzo, Ishi to shite no eros” (Yasuzo Masumura, intended erotism), “Eiga no kao” (the face of cinema), “Makino Masahiro, eiga to iu matsuri” (Masahiro Makino, a festival named film), “Nihon eiga jihyou shusei 2000-2010” (compilation of events related to Japanese cinema, 2000-2010), and “Nihon eiga jihyou shusei 1976-1989” (compilation of events related to Japanese cinema, 1976-1989). Co-written works include “Dare ga eiga wo osorete iruka” (who fears film, with Shigehiko Hasumi), “Ninkyou eigaden” (yakuza films, with Koji Shundo), and “Eiga kantoku Fukasaku Kinki” (film director Kinji Fukasaku). His latest publication is “Nihon geai jihyou shusei 1990-1999” (compilation of events related to Japanese cinema, 1990-1999).

Toshio Sugawara〔Sword-Action Director〕

Born in 1940, Niigata. In 1961 he enters Toei Studios Kyoto. He becomes a member of the sword-action group Toei Tsurugi-kai, and emerges as a “kirareyaku”. 1973, he makes his debut as a sword-action director in “Tokyo Seoul Bangkok”. Since then, for 40 years he shows various types of sword-action, the beautiful fight traditional to the Toei period films in “Mito Komon”, and actions with more original ideas such as in the predominant “Shadow Warriors” series. He currently directs in theatre from commercial plays to Takarazuka, as well as in pictures. He is awarded the Special Award from the Japanese Academy in 2013.

Alessandro Baricco〔Writer〕

Born in 1958, Turin. Graduated from the University of Turin, Department of Philosophy and Education Science, and the Turin Conservatory in piano. He engaged in music criticism studies and published two critical essays in 1988. His first novel "Lands of Glass" was published in 1991 and won the Premio Campiello (Italy) and the Prix Médicis étranger (France). "Ocean Sea" (1993) became a best-seller and was translated into 27 languages. In 1994, he co-founded “Scuola Holden” in Turin, a storytelling and performing arts school. The monologue "Novecento" was also published in the same year, which was adapted into a theatrical play by G. Vacis, and the film "The Legend of 1900" by G. Tornatore. The novel "Silk" (1996), was also adapted into a film by François Girard. In 2008, he also wrote and directed the film "Lecture 21".

Sherwood Hu〔Film Director〕

Born in Shanghai. He studied at the State University of New York and University of Hawaii for his PhD. After studying at New York’s public theatre, he starts his career as theatre director. He directs the film “WARRIOR LANLING” based on his own theatrical play. Coppola is listed as executive producer for his second film “LANI LOA”. After returning to China to establish Hus Entertainment, he produces many quality hits in television and film. He is currently known as the most dynamic and exciting director of China.

Norihiro Niwatsukino〔Film Director〕

Born in 1981, North Kyushu. He starts filming during his studies at the Kyushu Institute of Design, and moves to Tokyo after he graduates from the Graduates School of Engineering of Kyushu University, to become a freelance director. He directs music videos and animations as well as soap operas, and is awarded at many film festivals including the PFF Award Competition with his short film “Strawberry Jam”. He directs his first short animation series “Onizushi” (2016), which receives high appraisal. He completes his individual period film “Suffering of Ninko” (2016) over 4 years, his first feature film to be screened in theatres.

Sho Miyake〔Film Director〕

Born in 1984, Hokkaido. After his first feature film “Yakutatazu” (2010), he directs his first film to be screened in theatres, “Playback”, in 2012. As well as being an official selection for the International Competition at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival, he is highly appraised at domestic and international film festivals. In 2014, he announces his documentary film “THE COCKPIT” that covers two days of hip-hop units SIMI LAB’s OMSB and THE OTOGIBANASHI’S’ Bim until they complete their new song. He is to adapt Yasushi Sato’s novel “Kimi no tori ha utaeru” in the future.

Le Thanh Son〔Film Director〕

After graduating fron the Conservatory of Ho Chi Minh City, he studies Cinematic Art at the University of Southern California, then gains experience with Vietnamese commercial films, soap operas, commercials and music videos. 2005, his short film “Who am I?” was awarded Best Short Film at The Golden Kite Award of Vietnam. He directs his first feature film “Clash” (original title “Bay Rong”) in 2009. Screened at the New York Tribeca Film Festival, it left a deep impression on the audience with its hard boiled action over a female hitman. In contrast, this time he directs a romantic comedy. He shows his talents as a director by creating high quality films regardless of genre.

Milkman Saito〔Film Critic〕

Born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1963. Milkman SAITO is a leading film critic who reevaluate Japanese Modernist filmmakers who were active in 1950s and 60s, including Kon Ichikawa, Ko Nakahira, Yasuzo Masumura, Tadashi Sawashima and Seijun Suzuki. As well as contributing articles, he participates in many talk shows.

Hiroshi Nishio〔Film Director〕

Born in 1974, Osaka. Film Director. Directed films include “Soul Flower Train” and “Hakodate Coffee”. Studies film making in Kyoto as the 5th class of KYOTO Eiga Juku. He creates independent films, and wins the first Grand Prix of the CO2 Film Festival, for young aspiring film makers in Osaka. Since then, he has put in effort to support juniors, for example by helping with the operation of CO2, and serving as a teacher at Kyoto University of Art and Design (to ’14).

Motohiro Torii〔Scenario Writer / Film Director〕

Enters Toei after graduating from Waseda University. Serves as assistant director to Tomu Uchida, Tomotaka Tasaka and Masahiro Makino, to then make his debut as director with “Seventeen Ninja 2: the Great Battle”. He then directs films “Kyokaku no Okite” and “Sanbiki no Mesubachi”. Scenarios include “Showa Zankyo-den”, “Heitai Gokudo”, and “Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Match”. He also has many television series including “Zenigata Heiji”, “Toyama no Kin-san” and “Abarenbo Shogun”.

Yu Irie〔Film Director〕

Film Director. Graduate of Nihon University College of Art. He is awarded the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award, and Grand Prize at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival for “8000 Miles”. Other directed films include “Confession of Murder”, “The Sun”, and “Joker Game”. His latest film is “Vigilante” (scheduled for release on 9th December 2017).

Abi Sakamoto〔Film programs manager, Institut français du Japon〕

Born in Tokyo. Graduate of the Faculty of Law, Keio University. Past editor of “Les Cahiers du cinéma Japon”. She introduced Japanese directors including Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Shinji Aoyama, Makoto Shinozaki and Nobuhiro Suwa in “Les Cahiers du cinéma” and at the Festival d’Automne. Serves as manager of film programs at Institut franco-japonais de Tokyo (currently Institut français du Japon - Tokyo) since 1996, to organise various screenings. She invites many directors, actors and film critics from France, to mainly introduce films that have fewer chances of being screened in Japan, and to explore the relationships between the screenings and criticism, artists and creators of various backgrounds. She served as judge for the Opera Pima for the 2012 Locarno International Film Festival, and for the Short Films for International Critics’ Week at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Written works include “Edward Yang, Zaikao/Zaijian” (co-written, Film Art, Inc.).