Streaming Japanese movies #6: Tampopo and Katsuo-Bushi

Each week members of the CAMERA JAPAN team pick their favourite Japanese films to watch at home on all kinds of streaming services. This time, we recommend two movies for foodies. Francesca BOI (Programmer) picks Tampopo (ITAMI Jūzō, 1985) Tampopo is a mediocre ramenya (a ramen noodle shop) owner, whose business is in decline since […]

Streaming Japanese movies #5: Rage and Rent a Friend

Each week members of the CAMERA JAPAN team pick their favourite Japanese films to watch at home on all kinds of streaming services, both paid and for free. Theodoor STEEN (Programmer) picks Rage (LEE Sang-il, 2016) Rage, by famous Korean-Japanese director LEE Sang-Il (Hula Girls, Unforgiven) ask the question: who can we trust? When a […]

Streaming Japanese movies #4: Paprika and River’s Edge

Each week members of the CAMERA JAPAN team pick their favourite Japanese shorts, anime and features to watch at home on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, MUBI and YouTube. Lotte STEERNEMAN (Education Coordinator) picks Paprika (KON Satoshi, 2006) Though he regrettably passed away at a fairly young age (47 years old), anime director KON […]

Streaming Japanese movies #3: House and Whispering Star

Each week members of the CAMERA JAPAN team pick their favourite Japanese films to watch at home on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, MUBI and YouTube. Francesca BOI (Programmer) picks House/Hausu (ÔBAYASHI Nobuhiko, 1977) As ÔBAYASHI Nobuhiko passed away a few days ago (on April 10), I would like to pay homage to this […]

One Cut of the Dead

Streaming Japanese movies #2: One Cut of the Dead and Mt. Head

Each week members of the CAMERA JAPAN team pick their favourite Japanese films to watch at home on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, MUBI and YouTube. Nancy FORNOVILLE (Financial Director) picks Mt. Head (YAMAMURA Koji, 2002) Mt. Head is a hand drawn animated short that tells the story of a stingy man who eats […]

The Audience Award Goes to Fly Me to the Saitama

We wrapped up the fourteenth edition of the CAMERA JAPAN Festival in Amsterdam last night. Today we have the pleasure of announcing the winner of the 2019 Audience Award. After counting all the votes in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Fly Me to the Saitama stays at the top of the rankings ahead of Sending Off, a […]

Youth Jury Award to Melancholic by TANAKA Seiji

For the first time in its history, CAMERA JAPAN Festival invited seven young film lovers to form a Youth Jury. After watching six films in four days, all made by directors under the age of 35, the jury awarded their prize to Melancholic by TANAKA Seiji. Melancholic revolves around a university graduate who lands himself […]

Fly Me to the Saitama soars in the Audience Award ranking!

After four full days of screenings at Rotterdam, the audience favorite is Fly Me to the Saitama from director TAKEUCHI Hideki. Packed with humour and plenty of action, the film is a satirical fable about the class war between Tokyo and Saitama (the metropolis vs. the sticks). So far, the top ten films in the […]

Call for Volunteers

Do you like film, have a thing for festivals, or Japanese culture? Are you looking to gain work experience or extend your network? Then join our team as a volunteer for CAMERA JAPAN from 3-6 October at Filmtheater Kriterion in Amsterdam! Knowledge of Dutch is not required (though can be handy). We are looking for: […]