Nippon Connection Film Festival 2019

The biggest festival for Japanese cinema worldwide returns with its 19th edition from 28 May to 2 June, which will include a presentation of the Nippon Honor Award to director and actor Shinya Tsukamoto…

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    And Your Bird Can Sing

    Miyake successfully highlights the difficulties of realizing a subjective position of desire within a relational context…

    3.5 stars
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    10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki, Episode 1: Ponyo is Here

    Always intriguing…

    4 stars
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    Love At Least

    A raw and distressing look at how a relationship survives and even thrives under the tumult of mental illness…

    3.5 stars
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    Dare To Stop Us

    Hiraishi beautifully and touchingly evokes that cinema can always fail one’s subjective struggle…

    4 stars
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    We Are Little Zombies

    Hyperactive and different…

    3 stars
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    The Chrysanthemum And The Guillotine

    Zeze movingly reveals that the ground for true revolution should be love…

    4 stars
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    Penguin Highway

    Never has sci-fi been this cute as Japan is invaded by penguins in this spellbinding anime feature…

    4.5 stars
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    Room Laundering

    A charming and funny tale of one girl helping the dead find peace…

    4 stars
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    Fly Me To The Saitama

    A love letter to Saitama that is as bonkers as it is utterly brilliant…

    5 stars
  • News

    Shinya Tsukamoto will receive the Nippon Connection 2019 Honor Award

    The actor and director will be giving an extensive talk about his career at Nippon Connection…

  • News

    Line-up Revealed: Nippon Connection 2019

    Its 19th edition will be taking place in Frankfurt am Main from May 28 to June 2…

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    Jam

    A singer, a desperate boyfriend, an ex-con. Three lives, one story, many problems…

    3 stars
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    Melancholic

    Seiji Tanaka’s debut is part meandering yakuza dramedy, part love story, and part fascinating tale of adulthood…

    4 stars
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    Asako I & II

    Love is questioned when Asako starts dating her disappeared boyfriend’s doppelganger…

    4 stars
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    Asako I & II

    Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl meets boy’s doppelgänger – but who loves who the most?…

    3.5 stars
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    An Actor’s Revenge

    An exquisite homage to the presentational ethos so important to Japanese cinema…

    4 stars
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    Tourism

    Two friends travel to Singapore and explore the delights of tourism after a big lottery win…

    2 stars
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