Focus: Outlaws und Außenseiter – Filmische Einblicke in die Randzonen der japanischen Gesellschaft

Compared to Western countries that center around the individual, Japanese society has a strong, collectivist mentality. Outsiders who fail or refuse to fit in with the accepted norms often face various hardships. Current Japanese films tell numerous stories about outlaws and outsiders trying to find their own way outside of social expectations. NIPPON CONNECTION aims to shed a light on an aspect of Japanese society that is often overlooked.

Topics like the difficult situation of sexual or ethnic minorities, of the unemployed and homeless, or of people suffering from social pressure will be presented not only in film screenings, but also in talks with filmmakers, lectures, and a panel discussion. After the festival, selected films will have additional screenings in cinemas throughout the Rhein-Main region (dates will be communicated on the festival website NipponConnection.com).

The focus “Outlaws und Außenseiter – Filmische Einblicke in die Randzonen der japanischen Gesellschaft” is supported by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain.

 

   

 

Films and events:

AHUM by Yu KAJINO

AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING by Sho MIYAKE

ANOTHER WORLD by Junji SAKAMOTO

THE CHAPLAIN by Dai SAKO

THE CHRYSANTHEMUM AND THE GUILLOTINE by Takahisa ZEZE

COMPLICITY by Kei CHIKAURA

DARE TO STOP US by Kazuya SHIRAISHI

HARD-CORE by Nobuhiro YAMASHITA

INUYASHIKI by Shinsuke SATO

JAM by SABU

KILLING by Shinya TSUKAMOTO

LOVE AT LEAST by Kosai SEKINE

MELANCHOLIC by Seiji TANAKA

PORTRAITS OF THE RAINBOW by Ayumi NAKAGAWA

ROOM LAUNDERING by Kenji KATAGIRI

SHINJUKU TIGER by Yoshinori SATO

SKIP CITY SPECIAL: WHO KNOWS ABOUT MY LIFE by Teppei ISOBE and SHE IS ALONE by Natsuki NAKAGAWA

TETSUO: THE IRON MAN by Shinya TSUKAMOTO

WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES by Makoto NAGAHISA

 

Lecture: THE ENDLESS ROAD OF LONE WOLF AND CUB


Panel discussion: OUTLAWS UND AUSSENSEITER DES JAPANISCHEN KINOS