New Directions in Japanese Cinema


Since 2006 the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) has invited young creative talents to make several thirty-minute films. The three films that we will screen this year revolve around robots and funerals, a man who attacks annoying customers with his signature flying kick, and a game of hide-and-seek that turns into a matter of life and death.

De Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) nodigt sinds 2006 jong creatief talent uit om verschillende films van dertig minuten te maken. De drie korte films die we ditmaal vertonen gaan respectievelijk over robots en begrafenissen, een man die vliegende trappen uitdeelt aan vervelende klanten en verstoppertje spelen met grote consequenties.

ENDROLLERS. YOSHINO Kohei, Japan, 2015

This film features COOL JAPAN elements such as CG animation, metal heroes and J-POP. Nakamoto works at a Japanese funeral management company when he receives a request from Noboru, a new client. The brother of the deceased, Noboru says “My brother was a pin manufacturer for industrial robots and I want his grandson to know what his job was. I want you to produce a film about my brother’s life featuring robots.” Nakamoto manages to make the film, but Noboru’s requests get harder: “Use a cool song for the movie, and show it at the funeral!” “Bring a robot to the funeral!” Can Nakamoto handle these requests? And, is the funeral going well?

Quiet. YAMAMOTO Kan, Japan, 2019

After a quarrel with Dad, Mom disappears. While Dad and Shiho don’t know her whereabouts, Kojiro (age 13) hides her presence in their house. What will become of this hide-and-seek which is a matter of life-and-death for Mom?

Beginning to Break Hey, Hey, Hey. SATO Takuma, Japan, 2016

Kiyoshi works for an apartment management company and is constantly pressured by complaints from residents. One day, Kiyoshi goes to a convenience store and sees one of the complainants attacking Makoto, a female employee. Before he knows it, Kiyoshi runs and give the complainant a flying kick. Makoto is drawn to him and speaks to him. After the incident, Kiyoshi continues to give flying kicks at complainants in return for Makoto’s smile and she responds with affection. But in his heart, he begins to feel guilty about the kicks and to think about changing Makoto.