CAMERA JAPAN Festival has just announced this year’s full programme. The festival will be held in Rotterdam (LantarenVenster & WORM) from the 25th to the 29th of September, before moving to Kriterion in Amsterdam (from the 3rd to the 6th of October). Besides offering a rich variety of Japanese films, the festival also includes several cultural and culinary workshops, two photo exhibitions, a CAMERA JAPAN quiz and the yearly film brunch. 

Film programme CAMERA JAPAN 

The 14th edition of the CAMERA JAPAN Festival will open with the international premiere of “Little Miss Period” by Shinada Shunsuke. Other highlights of the 2019 selection are “Vision”, by the renowned filmmaker Kawase Naomi, “Jam” by Sabu and Melancholic, the prize-winning debut of Tanaka Seiji. The programme also includes a special screening of the classic 1932 silent film “I Was Born But…” by Ozu Yasujiro, which will be accompanied by a Live soundtrack. Anime fans can treat themselves with six beautiful animations, including the highly praised adventure film “Penguin Highway” (Ishida Hiroyasu) and “MAQUIA: When the Promised Flower Blooms” (Okada Mari). 

MAQUIA: When the Promised Flower Blooms

The theme of this year’s programme is YOUTH, in its widest sense. Almost half of our programme is dedicated to the Japanese youth: either films are about youth, or they are made by talented young filmmakers. 

CAMERA JAPAN is organised on a voluntary basis by a core group of enthusiastic employees and around 40 volunteers during the festival. Outside the festival CAMERA JAPAN organises screenings on location (among them the Japanese Cultural Centre Shofukan in Rotterdam) and with an On Tour programme in theatres nationwide. 

CAMERA JAPAN has been made possible through contributions by Rotterdam Festivals, Nederlands Filmfonds, Japan Foundation, Isaac Alfred Ailion Foundation, Stichting Volkskracht and FedEx. The festival is part of the agenda of Rotterdam Festivals. For more information and the complete agenda please check 

Programme CAMERA JAPAN 2019 

12 Suicidal Teens (Tsutsumi Yukihiko)
Another World (Sakamoto Junji)
Astral Abnormal Suzuki-san (Ono Daisuke)
Bento Harassment (Tsukamoto Renpei)
The Chaplain (Sako Dai)
The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine (Zeze Takahisa)
Every Day a Good Day (Omori Tatsushi)
The Fable (Eguchi Kan)
Fly Me to the Saitama (Takeuchi Hideki)
HARD-CORE (Yamashita Nobuhiro)
Jam (Sabu)
Jesus (Okuyama Hiroshi)
Just Only Love (Imaizumi Rikiya)
The Kamagasaki Cauldron War (Sato Leo)
A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic (Katagiri Kenji)
Little Miss Period (Shinada Shunsuke)
Love at Least (Sekine Kosai)
Melancholic (Tanaka Seiji)
Mimicry Freaks (Fujii Shugo)
My Dad is a Heel Wrestler (Fujimura Kyohei)
My Father, the Bride (Fukuda Momoko)
Okinawan Blue (Kishimoto Tsukasa)
Only the Cat Knows (Kobayashi Syoutarou)
Orphan’s Blues (Kudo Riho)
Red Snow (Kai Sayaka)
Rise of the Machine Girls (Kobayashi Yuki)
Samurai Marathon (Bernard Rose)
Vision (Kawase Naomi)
We Are Little Zombies (Nagahisa Makoto) 

We Are Little Zombies

The Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Tezka Macoto)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man: 30 Year Anniversary Screening (Tsukamoto Shinya) 

Aragne: Sign of Vermillion (Sakamoto Saku)
Chieri and Cherry (Nakamura Makoto)
MAQUIA: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Okada Mari)
Penguin Highway (Ishida Hiroyasu)
Short Animation selection (var. directors)
Tama Art University – Best Of (Youth selection) (var. directors) 

Queer Shorts (var. directors)
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia selection (var. directors) 

Crazed Fruit (Nakahira Ko)
I Was Born But… (Ozu Yasujiro)
Kids Return (Kitano Takeshi)
The Sun’s Burial (Oshima Nagisa) 

Day of the Western Sunrise (Keith Reimink)
Kampai! Sake Sisters (Konishi Mirai)
Queer Japan (Graham Kolbeins)
Sending Off (Ian Thomas Ash)
Tower of the Sun (Sekine Kosai) 

Cosplay is Art (Jacky Cheung)
A Copy of Truth (Jelle Hooks) 

A Dobugawa Dream (Watanabe Asato) WAQ WAQ Kingdom 

Music from Okinawa (Aragaki Mutsumi) VESSEL II CLUB NIGHT – FIELD RECORDS 

Filmbrunch Kyaraben Workshop (Tokyo Doll)
Tea Ceremony Workshop (Suzuki Takahide)

Calligraphy Workshop (Abe Lanka)
Origami Workshop (Oishi Maki)

Ticket sales 
Ticket sales will start on August 22nd. News and information can be found on the official website