Since its 19th edition is about to start in just a few days, Nippon Connection has announced its full program along with a lists of various guests – directors and actors/actresses – who will be attending many of screenings along with Q&As after.

Among this year’s program which features films by Sho Miyake (“And Your Bird Can Sing“), Makoto Nagahisa (“We Are Little Zombies“) and Sabu (“jam”), the program features many additional cultural programs from Japanese cooking, art exhibitions and lectures.

Apart from these events, Nippon Docs will present various Japanese documentaries representing the topic “Outlaws and Outsiders – Cinematic insights into the border areas of Japanese society”. The Nippons Docs, which is endowed with € 1000 and sponsored by Nikon, will be awarded to one of the eight films in this year’s competition.

Additionally, as AMP has reported earlier, director Shinya Tsukamoto will be given the Nippon Honor Award and the festival will feature a retrospective of some of his works along with his new film “Killing“.

On May 11 tickets for the screenings and other events will be made available on Nippon Connection’s homepage.

Ever since I watched Takeshi Kitano's "Hana-Bi" for the first time (and many times after that) I have been a cinephile. While much can be said about the technical aspects of film, coming from a small town in Germany, I cherish the notion of art showing its audience something which one does normally avoid, neglect or is unable to see for many different reasons. Often the stories told in films have helped me understand, discover and connect to something new which is a concept I would like to convey in the way I talk and write about films. Thus, I try to include some info on the background of each film as well as a short analysis (without spoilers, of course), an approach which should reflect the context of a work of art no matter what genre, director or cast. In the end, I hope to pass on my joy of watching film and talking about it.