The Future of Japanese Film

A number of films by Japanese directors have won prizes at international film festivals in recent years, and increasing numbers of Japanese actors have become internationally successful Hollywood stars. At the Japanese box office, domestic movies continue to outperform international blockbusters. What are the prospects for Japanese film in the years to come? We look at the present and future of Japanese film from a number of perspectives, including education and life on the set.

The True Story of the Downed Dakota

In 2013, a year that marks 400 years of exchange between Japan and Britain, a little-known incident involving the two nations that occurred five months after the end of World War II has been made into a motion picture: Fly, Dakota, Fly! directed by Aburatani Seiji and starring Higa Manami in her first lead role.

Japanese Cinema Turns the Tables on HollywoodIshiyama Shin’ichirō

For decades filmgoers in Japan tended to prefer foreign films—especially Hollywood blockbusters—to their home-grown cinema. But in recent years, Japanese films have been making a comeback. Film critic Ishiyama Shin’ichirō takes a closer look at the factors behind this reversal of fortunes.

Educating the Next Generation of Japanese Filmmakers

Founded by two-time Cannes Palme d’Or winner Imamura Shōhei (The Ballad of Narayama; The Eel), the Japan Institute of the Moving Image is Japan’s only full-time university dedicated to film studies. We talked to the institute’s director, the film critic Satō Tadao, about the school’s approach to film education and the future of the Japanese film industry.

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