Born in 1960 in Tokyo. He is the second son of Sakata Tojuro IV and Chikage Ogi and younger brother of Nakamura Ganjiro IV. His son is Nakamura Toranosuke. His Stage House Name is Narikoma-ya. In November 1967, he made his first appearance as Hakoōmaru in "Koubai Soga" at the Kabukiza Theatre under the stage name Nakamura Hirotaro. In 1983, he graduated from Keio University, where he was a member of the college golf club. In January 1995, he succeeded the name Nakamura Senjaku III at the Nakaza Theatre in Osaka playing Princess Yaegaki in "Honcho Nijushiko" and Tokubei in "Sonezaki Shinju". During the year of the performance commemorating the Name Succession, he played all of the “san hime” (three main princesses): Princess Yaegaki, Princess Yuki, and Princess Toki. He was awarded the 74th Japan Art Academy Prize in 2018.
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 10th Kyoto HISTORICA International Film Festival in order to convey the appeal of period films through events and talk shows.
Born in 1989 in France, Clément Schneider studied filmmaking at La Fémis where he graduated in 2013. He directed several shorts during his studies, but also self-produced and directed a feature film SKETCHES ON THE THEME OF LOVE. Since he finished La Fémis, he co-founded a production company Les Films d’Argile, in order to produce independant films – fiction and documentaries. He also keeps writing and directing his own films, like AMONG THE BEASTS, finalist of Sopadin Junior Best Script Price 2015.
Marine Francen grew up in the countryside and moved to Paris to study literature and history. She first discovered the film industry with a job in production (company of J. Ivory and I. Merchant MIP) and then worked as a director assistant from 1999 to 2012. Marine Francen was mainly involved on long features (M. Haneke, O. Assayas, R. Berry, T. Marshall, J-F Richet, G. Le Bomin, M. Leclerc), while writing and directing 4 short features : a documentary and 3 fictions. She also made a photography coverage about Shanghaï published in renown French magazine Telerama in 2005. The sower is the winner of the New Directors prize at San Sebastian and nominated 2018 GGA New Directors (Narrative feature) at San Francisco.
Giorgio Ferrero is a composer, director, film maker and photographer. He and Federico Biasin who is a dop, producer and film maker are the the italian winners of Biennale College 2016 at Venice Biennale. Giorgio has composed soundtracks for dozens of films, theatrical performances and installations, he collaborated with authors and artists such as Paolo Giordano, Daniele Gaglianone, Alba Rohrwacher, the De Serio brothers… At the 74th Venice Film Festival they presented their first feature film ‘Beautiful Things’, for which he signed direction and music. The film won the award for Best Italian Film according to the young under 26 jury and the best first feature award at Cph:Dox in Copenhagen. In Venice they also presented his first short film in virtual reality Denoise made during the shooting of the feature film.
Flavio Costa (Rome 1980) graduated in 2005 in Cinema with a multimedia thesis on Charlie Chaplin. He has worked making videos for TV and WebTV and at the same time making short films, some of which have received numerous prizes and critical recognition both in Italy and abroad. “Chromatica” is his first VR work.
He starts directing and producing independent films during high school; after university he undertakes and directs television commercials to win numerous awards. His first feature film "Two People Talking" ('97) won the New Directors Award of the Directors Guild of Japan. He makes his first big step into the film industry with the screenplay for Jun Ichikawa's "Osaka Story" in 1998. 2003, "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish" won him the 54th Minister of Education New Face Award for Art, and the 56th Minister of Education award for "La Maison de Himiko". Following films "Touch" ('05), "Yellow Tears" ('07), "Bizan" ('07) and "Gu Gu the Cat" ('08), he is awarded Picture of the Year, Director of the Year and Screenplay of the Year at the 33rd Japan Academy Prize for "Zero Focus" ('09), and Picture of the Year and Director of the Year for "The Floating Castle" ('12) at the 36th Japan Academy Prize. His latest film is "The Cat in His Arms" ('18), and "Hikkoshi Daimyo" is to be released in 2019.
Born 31st July 1981. Graduate of the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. His student film "Bird Cage", which he directed, wrote, shot and edited, received the Runner-up Award and Audience Award at the 2003 Pia Film Festival (PFF). He was granted the PFF scholarship to film his first feature film "Water Flower", which was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006. In 2013, he created the short film "NOTHING UNUSUAL". His feature film "Synchronicity" (working title), currently in development, received special mention in TALENTS TOKYO (Tokyo Filmex).
Film critic, lecturer at Waseda University and Nihon University College of Art, sponsor of Shin Bungeiza Cinematheque and IndieTokyo, subtitle translator. Made his debut on Cahiers du Cinéma Japon. He writes for various media including magazines Kinema Junpo and Bungakukai, the newspaper Sankei Shinbun, and i-D Japan. He makes appearances on television and in many lectures. Main works include "A Lecture on Modern Films" (Seidosha) and "Akira Kurosawa's Film Methodology" (Shinchosha). Held the João Pedro Rodrigues retrospective. Begins to independently distribute and screen western films from 2015. Screened Jacques Rivette's "Out 1" for the first time in Japan. Find his latest information and contact details on the IndieTokyo website.
Born in 1974, Hokkaido. He uptakes film production at a film workshop by Genji Nakamura in 1995. He works under Koji Wakamatsu, to then take part in films by Iso Yukisada and Isshin Inudo as a freelance assistant director. 2009, he directs his first feature film "Lost Paradise in Tokyo". 2013, "The Devil's Path" is awarded Gold Prize at the Kaneto Shindo Prize 2013, Best Director at the 38th Hochi Film Award, Best Picture at the 35th Yokohama Film Festival, and Best Picture and Best Director at the 37th Japan Academy Prize. Other films include "Twisted Justice" and "Hibana: Spark" (Netflix) in 2016, "Dawn of the Felines" and "Birds Without Names" in 2017, and "Sunny / 32", "The Blood of the Wolves" and "Dare to Stop Us" in 2018.
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.
Born in Hyogo, 1973. After receiving her B.A. at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, she was deeply moved by Japanese cinema with Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon", and decided to return to Japan with an interest in the film industry. She pursues a career in advertising for films of all scales, to then gain experience in international sales of Japanese films at the TBS's television content department, to establish Free Stone Productions in 2013.
Born in 1974, Osaka. He begins working as an assistant in period films in Kyoto's film studio. He is awarded the Grand Prize at the maiden edition of Osaka's CO2 Film Festival for new talents with his independent film. He continues to create films as well as placing emphasis on supporting young filmmakers, by administrating said film festival and teaching at Kyoto University of Art and Design (~2014), and is invited to film festivals in Hong Kong and Europe. His first commercial film "Soul Flower Train" was awarded New Director at the Osaka Cinema Festival in 2013. As well as directing films "Kitchen Drive" and "Hakodate Coffee", he also wrote for the television drama "#Seru Otsu". He has produced "VIDEOPHOBIA" by Daisuke Miyazaki, and "Yuka-chan no Aishita Hibi", to be released, by Yun Hayama.
Born in Himeji, 1938. He learns from Seiha Hama. Begins his career as a silent film narrator in 1960; the scrips for all screenings are his original work. He appears in many film festivals and screenings for silent films including the OSAKA Eizo Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, and Kyoto International Film and Art Festival with an orthodox style of narrating. He has been awarded the Minister of Justice Award in 1979.
He enrolls to Midori Sawato in 2002. He appears in both domestic and international stages, having travelled to 17 countries including America, Germany, Italy, France and China. He was the first silent film narrator to appear post-war at the Kabukiza in 2016. He has narrated over 350 silent films. He is also involved in finding film reels of silent films and has found lost reels for "Our Pet", "Watashino Papa-san Mama-san ga Suki", and "Chuushingura".
Based in Kansai, she makes appearances in silent film screenings, theatres, and domestic and international film festivals. She began her career as silent film narrator after learning about the profession, when she was deeply surprised that such a delightful thing existed. The broad portrayal from old men to young girls is characteristic to her. She has also appeared at the Taipei Film Festival, Korea Independent Animation Film Festival, and "The Art of Film" at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. She is also a narrator and personality for television and radio shows.
Piano accompanist for silent films, based in Kansai. He plays both the piano and percussions. He improvises accompaniment to films of all genres, and has played for over 400 films. Apart from domestic and international film festivals, he participates in multiple fields, performing as guest for orchestras, and improvising together with dance. He is one of the piano accompanists who plays the most at screenings in recent days.
Born in Kobe. Musician. She begins to play the piano at four years old with a music education both strict and fun, to lead to her current career. She encounters the silent film while holding piano concerts for film music, and steps into the world of silent film accompaniment with her own sounds. She has been awarded The Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association Award for her radio programme "Haruka Amamiya's I'm the piano".