International Competition

Japanese Film Competition
(Feature Length)

Japanese Film Competition
(Short Length)

Opening Gala

Filmmakers from SAITAMA Making Waves

Celebrating World Auteurs

Despicable Me Series Screenings

Barrier Free Screening

Film List

International Competition

The International Competition, a core program at the festival, has renewed its rules and received entries from 98 countries and regions, the highest record of countries and regions to date. Ranging from deeply meaningful drama to no-holds-barred entertainment, the ten carefully selected films are guaranteed to thrill and entice our audience.

Darling

Darling

Director:Birgitte Stærmose
Country or Region:Denmark, Sweden

God BLISS Our Home

God BLISS Our Home

Director:Nawruz Paguidopon
Country or Region:Philippines, South Korea

Last Child

Last Child

Director:Dong-seok Shin
Country or Region: South Korea

The Last Suit

The Last Suit

Director:Pablo Solarz
Country or Region:Spain, Argentina

Light Up

Light Up

Director:Kirill Pletnev
Country or Region:Russia

Nancy

Nancy

Director:Christina Choe
Country or Region:USA

She is Alone

She is Alone

Director:Natsuki Nakagawa
Country or Region:Japan

The Swan

The Swan

Director:Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Country or Region:Iceland, Germany, Estonia

Under the Tree

Under the Tree

Director:Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Country or Region:Iceland, Denmark, Poland, Germany

Unwanted

Unwanted

Director:Edon Rizvanolli
Country or Region:Kosovo, Netherlands


Japanese Film Competition (Feature Length)

In order to further discover and nurture new talent, the Japanese Film Competition has renewed its rules and categories. This year, four features and nine shorts by ambitious up-and-coming filmmakers are nominated. Witness the birth of a new talent that is to become the voice of new generation in the Japanese film industry.

Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue

Director:Kenichiro Hiro
Country or Region:Japan

Cyclops

Cyclops

Director:Norichika Oba
Country or Region:Japan

High Sentiments Family

High Sentiments Family

Director:Hiroyuki Takebayashi
Country or Region:Japan

Siblings of the Cave

Siblings of the Cave

Director:Shinzo Katayama
Country or Region:Japan


Japanese Film Competition (Short Length)

Short Length Competition ①

Birth-The Dance of Life-

Birth-The Dance of Life-

Director: Arisa Wakami, Bak Ikeda, Hirofumi Ohashi
Country or Region:Japan

Dumping Ground

Dumping Ground

Director:Kosuke Yokota
Country or Region:Japan

Who Knows about My Life

Who Knows about My Life

Director:Teppei Isobe
Country or Region:Japan


Short Length Competition ②

Lip and Fist

Lip and Fist

Director:Michihaya Mizoguch
Country or Region:Japan

Lull

Lull

Director:Shuichi Kawanobe
Country or Region:Japan

He is Always Sleeping

He is Always Sleeping

Director:Takahiro Tarui
Country or Region:Japan


Short Length Competition ③

Harikomi

Harikomi

Director:Yusuke Itagaki
Country or Region:Japan

TOKYO COMET

TOKYO COMET

Director:Hiroki Horanai
Country or Region:Japan

Eternal Hoimi

Eternal Hoimi

Director:Taro Shirai
Country or Region:Japan


Opening Gala

As opening film, the festival will premiere Running Again, a human drama about people who are inspired by Takeshi Furuichi, the first Japanese male marathon runner to successfully complete 6 world marathon majors. Director Yuya Nakaizumi was nominated twice at the festival in the past. Commemorating the festival’s 15th year anniversary, the film was produced by Kawaguchi City and takes place in Kawaguchi City with the participation of Kawaguchi citizens.

Running Again

© 2018 川口市

Running Again

No more running away from this race called life
A marathon runner living in Kawaguchi inspires a story of rebirth

2018/Japan
Director:Yuya Nakaizumi
Cast:Kanichiro, Rio Yamashita, Nahana, Yuki Tsujimoto, Erika Tsunashima, Kenichiro Yasui, Hatsunori Hasegawa, Miyoko Asada, Chieko Matsubara
Production:Kawaguchi City
Special Cooperation: Saitama Precture / SKIP CITY Sai-No-Kuni Visual Plaza


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Filmmakers from SAITAMA Making Waves

Since the founding of SKIP City, Saitama Prefecture has been actively supporting the development of the audio-visual industry. There are now many directors from Saitama who have emerged as the voice of Japanese cinema. We spot light four directors from Saitama, screening popular works by Yuya Ishii, Yu Irie, Shuichi Okita and Keisuke Yoshida. Let’s support our local filmmakers and Japanese cinema!

THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE

THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE

Director:Yuya Ishii
Country or Region:Japan

Memoirs of a Murderer

Memoirs of a Murderer

Director:Yu Irie
Country or Region:Japan

A Story of Yonosuke

A Story of Yonosuke

Director:Shuichi Okita
Country or Region:Japan

THICKER THAN WATER

THICKER THAN WATER

Director:Keisuke Yoshida
Country or Region:Japan


Celebrating World Auteurs (Free Admission / No English Subtitles)

We screen documentaries on Japan’s treasure, Akira Kurosawa, two masters of Taiwanese New Cinema, Edward Yang and Hsiao-hsien Hou, and two-time Palme d'Or winner, Michael Haneke, and explore what it means to be an auteur.

A.K.

A.K.

Director:Chris Marker
Country or Region:France, Japan

When Cinema Reflects the Times—Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang

When Cinema Reflects the Times—Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang

Director:Hirokazu Kore-eda
Country or Region:Japan

Michael H. Profession: Director

Michael H. Profession: Director

Director:Yves Montmayeur
Country or Region:Austria, France


Despicable Me Series Screenings (Japanese Dubbed Versions)

Minions are one of the most beloved animation characters and hold appeal for children and adults alike. As part of the 15th anniversary special program, we screen all three installments of the Despicable Me series. The adorable Minions will make you and your family laugh and cry together. Join us for the 3-day holiday in July and make the summer memorable.

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Director:Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Country or Region:USA

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2

Director:Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Country or Region:USA

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3

Director:Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
Country or Region:USA


Barrier Free Screening with Japanese subtitles and Audio Guidance

THE 8-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

©2017 “The 8-Year Engagement” Film Partners

THE 8-YEAR ENGAGEMENT

2017 / Japan / 119min
Director:Takahisa Zeze
Cast: Takeru Sato, Tao Tsuchiya, Kazuki Kitamura, Kenta Hamano, Yuri Nakamura, Keisuke Horibe, Kanji Furutachi, Tetta Sugimoto, Hiroko Yakushimaru
Distributor: Shochiku


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