Nippon Cinema

Japanese cinema is doing quite well these days – at least if you look at ticket sales. We are proud that some films among the top box office hits of 2018 were already presented at last year’s edition of NIPPON CONNECTION. This year, we showcase the works of several directors that have been trusty companions of the festival for many years.

The audience will once again be able to bestow the NIPPON CINEMA AWARD upon their favorite film in the cinema section. The prize of 2,000 € is sponsored by Bankhaus Metzler from Frankfurt.

And Your Bird Can Sing

  • きみの鳥はうたえる
    Kimi no tori wa utaeru
  • Director: Sho MIYAKE
  • Japan 2018, 106 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • In the presence of the director
  • Wednesday, May 29, 16:30 Mousonturm Saal
  • Thursday, May 30, 19:45 Mal Seh’n Kino

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© 2018 "Another World" FILM PARTNERS

Another World

  • 半世界
    Hansekai
  • Director & script: Junji SAKAMOTO
  • Japan 2018, 119 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 16 or older
  • European premiere in the presence of the director and of the actor Kiyohiko SHIBUKAWA
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Friday, May 31, 19:30 Mousonturm Saal
  • Saturday, June 1, 17:45 Mal Seh’n Kino

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© 2018 NETEMO SAMETEMO FILM PARTNERS
& COMME DES CINEMAS

Asako I & II

  • 寝ても覚めても
    Netemo sametemo
  • Director: Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI
  • Japan / France 2018, 119 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Wednesday, May 29, 17:30 Mal Seh’n Kino
  • Sunday, June 2, 16:30 Mousonturm Saal

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The Chrysanthemum And The Guillotine

  • 菊とギロチン
    Kiku to girochin
  • Director & script: Takahisa ZEZE
  • Japan 2018, 189 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere in the presence of the actor Kiyohiko SHIBUKAWA
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Wednesday, May 29, 21:45 Mousonturm Saal

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Dare To Stop Us

  • 止められるか、俺たちを
    Tomerareru ka, oretachi o
  • Director: Kazuya SHIRAISHI
  • Japan 2018, 118 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Friday, May 31, 13:45 Mousonturm Saal

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Dawn Wind In My Poncho

  • ポンチョに夜明けの風はらませて
    Poncho ni yoake no kaze haramasete
  • Director: Satoru HIROHARA
  • Japan 2017, 90 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • European premiere in the presence of the director
  • Friday, May 31, 22:30 Mal Seh’n Kino
  • Sunday, June 2, 14:00 Mousonturm Saal

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Fly Me To The Saitama

  • 翔んで埼玉
    Tonde Saitama
  • Director: Hideki TAKEUCHI
  • Japan 2019, 107 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Wednesday, May 29, 19:15 Mousonturm Saal
  • Sunday, June 2, 14:00 Mal Seh’n Kino

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© 2018 "HARD-CORE" Film Partners

Hard-Core

  • ハード・コア
  • Director: Nobuhiro YAMASHITA
  • Japan 2018, 124 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • German premiere in the presence of the director
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Friday, May 31, 22:30 Mousonturm Saal
  • Saturday, June 1, 22:45 Mal Seh’n Kino

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Inuyashiki

  • いぬやしき
  • Director: Shinsuke SATO
  • Japan 2018, 126 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 16 or older
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Thursday, May 30, 16:45 Mousonturm Saal
  • Sunday, June 2, 17:45 Mal Seh’n Kino

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It’s Boring Here, Pick Me Up

  • ここは退屈迎えに来て
    Koko wa taikutsu mukae ni kite
  • Director: Ryuichi HIROKI
  • Japan 2018, 98 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • European premiere in the presence of the director
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Thursday, May 30, 14:00 Mousonturm Saal
  • Friday, May 31, 17:00 Mal Seh’n Kino

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jam

  • Director & script: SABU
  • Japan 2018, 102 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Tuesday, May 28, 22:30 Mousonturm Saal
  • Wednesday, May 29, 22:00 Mal Seh’n Kino

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Killing

  • 斬、
    Zan,
  • Director, script & Schnitt: Shinya TSUKAMOTO
  • Japan 2018, 80 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere in the presence of the director
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Saturday, June 1, 20:00 Mousonturm Saal
  • Sunday, June 2, 22:30 Mal Seh’n Kino

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Love At Least

  • 生きてるだけで、愛。
    Ikiteru dake de, ai
  • Director: Kosai SEKINE
  • Japan 2016, DCP, 95 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere in the presence of the director
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Friday, May 31, 16:45 Mousonturm Saal
  • Saturday, June 1, 20:15 Mal Seh’n Kino

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Lying To Mom

  • 鈴木家の嘘
    Suzukike no uso
  • Director & script: Katsumi NOJIRI
  • Japan 2018, 133 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Thursday, May 30, 19:30 Mousonturm Saal

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Marriage Hunting Beauty

  • 美人が婚活してみたら
    Bijin ga konkatsu shite mitara
  • Director: Akiko OKU
  • Japan 2018, 93 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Tuesday, May 28, 19:30 Mousonturm Saal (including opening ceremony)
  • Wednesday, May 29, 20:00 Mal Seh’n Kino

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© 2018 "The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan"
Project Partners
© Shoji Segawa/KODANSHA

The Miracle Of Crybaby Shottan

  • 泣き虫しょったんの奇跡
    Nakimushi shottan no kiseki
  • Director: Toshiaki TOYODA
  • Japan 2018, 127 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • German premiere in the presence of the director and the actor Kiyohiko SHIBUKAWA
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Saturday, June 1, 14:30 Mousonturm Saal

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Ramen Shop

  • 家族のレシピ
    Kazoku no reshipi
  • Director: Eric KHOO
  • Singapore / Japan / France 2018, 90 min, Japanese with German subtitles, released to age 0 or older
  • Thursday, May 30, 20:00 Internationales Theater (Nippon Filmdinner)
  • Sunday, June 2, 19:45 Mousonturm Saal (including award ceremony)

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Room Laundering

  • ルームロンダリング
  • Director: Kenji KATAGIRI
  • Japan 2018, 109 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • German premiere in the presence of the actor Kiyohiko SHIBUKAWA
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Thursday, May 30, 22:30 Mal Seh’n Kino
  • Saturday, June 1, 17:30 Mousonturm Saal

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Special Screening: Tetsuo: The Iron Man

  • 鉄男
    Tetsuo
  • Director, script & editing: Shinya TSUKAMOTO
  • Japan 1989, 67 min, Japanese with English subtitles, FSK 16
  • In the presence of the director
  • Thursday, May 30, 22:30 Mousonturm Saal

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Special Screening: The Legend Of The Stardust Brothers

  • 星くず兄弟の伝説
    Hoshikuzu kyodai no densetsu
  • Director: Macoto TEZKA
  • Japan 1985, 100 min, Japanese with German subtitles
  • German premiere of the restored version of the Director’s Cut
  • Saturday, June 1, 22:30 Mousonturm Saal

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Special Screening: Tokyo Fist

  • 東京フィスト
  • Director & camera: Shinya TSUKAMOTO
  • Japan 1995, 35mm, 87 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • In the presence of the director
  • Friday, May 31, 18:00 Deutsches Filmmuseum

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Thicker Than Water

  • 犬猿
    Kenen
  • Director & script: Keisuke YOSHIDA
  • Japan 2018, 103 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Cinema Award
  • Wednesday, May 29, 14:00 Mousonturm Saal
  • Thursday, May 30, 17:30 Mal Seh’n Kino

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We Are Little Zombies

  • Director & script: Makoto NAGAHISA
  • Japan 2019, 120 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
  • Thursday, May 30, 11:30 Mousonturm Saal
  • Sunday, June 2, 20:15 Mal Seh’n Kino

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