SHITA COMEDIANS
General Creative Producer
Seiko ITO
Seiko Ito
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Born in Tokyo in 1961. His debut as a novelist brought us "No Life King" in 1988. His newly-chosen theme and unique writing style received a lot of attention. He has since released a number of novels,reportages and essays,including "Botanical Life" (1999) which received the 15th Kodansha Essay Award. This year, he announced his novel "Imaginal Radio " for the first time in 16years. As a performer,he has won renown for his stage productions and live shows with ,Naoto Takenaka,and City Boys. As a creator working at the cutting edge of his profession,he co-wrote "Kenbutsuki" with his friend and colleague,Jun Miura,and proposed new ways to appreciate statues of Buddha. Also with Miura,he produced the popular event,"Slide Show", a sell-out performance at the Budokan. In the music world,Ito worked at the frontier of Japanese Hip Hop and is currently receiving attentions with his activities with Kuchiroro. He regularly performs on TV programs such as "Shiru Shiru Mishiru" (TV Asahi) ,"Tensai Terebi-kun Bit World"(E TELE), "Otonano!"(TBS).

Official Website: WATCH SEIKO
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The 6th SHITA COME Main Visual Artist
Nameko Shinsan : a comic book writer/ a columnist
A comic book writer/ a columnist.
Nameko Shinsan
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Born in Tokyo in 1974, she was raised in Saitama. She graduated the Musashino Art University, Junior College of Art and Design, and worked on a comic book writer and a columnist. Her publications include "Nameko Shinsan's modern sociology" (Gentosha), "All girls school graduate" (Chikumashobo), "The searching spiritual" (Kadokawa), "the revelations of celebs" (Asahi shinbun publications inc. ) ,and others. Her new publications is "Nameko Shinsan's tsubuyaki detox" (Takarajimasha).

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Taito city where culture of Edo is left… I think some Yokai (like a ghost) also live in there even now, probably. So I make a picture of the Yokai with Taito. I wish the Festival will success to share in the good luck of the Edo Yokai illustrator, like Kuniyoshi Udagawa, Hokusai Katsushika, Kyosai Kawanabe, and so on.

Official Supporter Song Musician
浅草ジンタ
ASAKUSA JINTA
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Asakusa Jinta was formed in Asakusa in 2004 as a rock band committed to close ties to the local community. The band's name was given by Rakugo master Sanyutei Koyuza. While based in Asakusa, the band's stage performance is highly praised by people all over the country and abroad. Currently on sale are "Yamiyo de Dance," its latest album, and "NIP POP," its cover album featuring Japanese pop songs from the Showa era.

Official Web Site : http://www.asakusajinta.com/
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The 6th SHITA COME trailer avan-title

天野千尋
Chihiro Amano
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After a stint working in the corporate world, Amano started making films in 2011. Two of her films "Cast the Die!" and "Snipping Girl," were nominated for PFF Awards at the Pia Film Festival. And "The Confession of Figaro" won her the Grand Prize as well as the Audience Award at the Shitamachi Comedy Film Festival in 2012.

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Jury Members of Short Film Competition SHITA COME Grand Prize 2013

うちだけんじ
Kenji Uchida
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Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1972. His independently produced f ilm "WEEKEND BLUES" won two awards at the Pia Film Festival in 2002. His theatrical feature film debut, "A Stranger of Mine," won many awards in Japan and overseas, and his 2008 film "After School" was a long-playing smash hit at the Japanese box office. His latest film "Key of Life" received high praise and earned him the Best Screenplay award at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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佐々木史朗
Shiro Sasaki
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Sasaki set up TV production company Tokyo Video Center in 1970 af ter working at TBS television network. In 1979, he became representative of Japan's Art Theatre Guild (ATG) film production company, while continuing his narrative film production work. He set up Office Shirous in 1993, and is currently also Chairman of the Japan Institute of the Moving Image. His major releases include "The Family Game" "I Are You, You Am Me" "Distant Thunder""Dreams for sale" "Nabbie's Love" and"The Woodsman and the Rain."

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みうらじゅん
Photo by Hibiki Tokiwa
Jun Miura
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An illustrator,writer and musician,Jun Miura is known for coining the phrase "my boom" (referring to one's current interest),and more recently for sparking a nationwide boom of "Yuru-Kyara" (mascot characters). in 2005, he won the Japan Movie Critics Award for Life Achievement Award. His many writings include "IDEN&TITY","Shikisoku zenereishon" and "Kenbutsuki".

Official Website: http://miurajun.net/
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いとうせいこう
Seiko Ito
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Short Film Competition SHITA COME Grand Prize 2013

小林でび
Devi Kobayashi
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Composer actor in supervision. Known as the comedy film director dancing to sing and I paint (laughs). In SHITACOME Grand Prize 2010, "Mariko Rose Ghost" masterpiece was screened as recommended work to Seiko Ito. Banana vs Peach presided over.

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Special Screenings
園子温
Shion Sono
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Born in Aichi Prefecture. Sion Sono won the Grand Prize of the PFF Award Competition with "Otoko No Hanamichi (A Man's Hanamichi)" in 1987. Since then, he has continued to shock the world with his provocative films and recent projects "Love Exposure," "Cold Fish," "Guilty of Romance," "Himizu" and "The Land of Hope", which have all received international acclaim. Outside of films, he has written and staged TV dramas such as "Time Limit Investigator." He made his debut as a comedian this April.

Official Web Site: http://www.sonosion.com/
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ジョナサン・レヴィン
Jonathan Levine
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Born in New York. He started off his career working as an assistant to renowned screenwriter and director Paul Schrader. Having moved to Los Angeles in 2002, he studied at the AFI Conservatory. Made his directorial debut with "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,". He won the audience award in both Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival with "The Wackness" ('08).

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Chris Martinez
Chris Martinez
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Martinez is the standard-bearer for the new wave in Philippines' cinema, and is active as a director, screenwriter and producer for screen, stage and television. He first caught people's attention with his debut directorial feature, "100" (Osaka Asian Film Festival 2009), and swept the world's film festivals, including the Tokyo International Film Festival, with his self-written and produced "The Woman in the Septic Tank."

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Xu Zheng
Xu Zheng
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Born in 1972. Xu has established his reputation as an actor appearing in various movies such as "Crazy Stone" by director Ning Hao, "Lost on Journey" which inspired the production of "Lost in Thailand," and director Pang Ho-Cheung's "Love in the Buff." This is his first starring role while also acting as a director, writer, and producer.

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Jon S. Baird
Jon S. Baird
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A native of Scotland, Baird moved to London in the late 1990s to become a film maker. In 2004, he made his first short film "A Casual Life" as the director, writer and producer. The success of this film brought him the opportunity to become an associated producer of "Hooligans" (2005). Then, he became more widely known after making "Cass," a film based on a true story (2008). He currently lives and works in London and Scotland, traveling back and forth between the two locations.

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S.S. Rajamouli
S.S. Rajamouli
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Born in 1973. Rajamouli's father is the screenwriter K.V. Vijayendra Prasad. Starting his career as a television director, he made his debut as a feature film director with "Student No.1" (Telugu, 2001) which became a box-office hit. He is now an established hit maker who continues to produce a string of major commercial successes featuring the biggest stars.

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Comedy Award of Honor, Masaaki Sakai
堺正章
Masaaki Sakai
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A Tokyo native born in 1946. He joined "The Spiders" as the main vocalist while he was in high school and became an icon of the 'Group Sounds' era. While recording a hit song, "Saraba Koibito" and others as a solo singer, Sakai was cast as an actor in popular TV shows, such as "Jikan-desuyo," and "Saiyuki (Journey to the West)." In addition, he established himself as a comedian in TV variety shows, such as "Kakkirakin Daihoso." He also hosted "Kohaku Uta Gassen" and "The Japan Record Awards." Currently Sakai hosts TV programs, including "The Most Useful School in the World" and "Saturday Night Chubaw!"One of Japan's leading entertainers.

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佐藤利明
Toshiaki Sato
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A Tokyo native born in 1963. Comedy film expert, writer, radio show host, and music critic. Producer of the DVD "Hitoshi Ueki Suudara Box" and others. Writer and host of an on-going radio program, "Zoku: Minna no Tora-san," aired by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc. (JOQR). His latest publication is Saigo no Crazy, Hiroshi Ootsuka: Hondara Ichidai Koko ni Ari! (co-authored with Hiroshi Inuzuka, published by Kodansha).

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荒井修
Osamu Arai
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Tokyo, Asakusa was born in 1948. 4th president Arai Bunsendo. Kuwasawa Design lecturer. As a long-established store of the folding fan, He I have much favor toward Kabuki world and dancing world, the rakugo world including Tamasaburo Bando. He publications include"SKETCHES Ed downtown Tokyo" (Shueisha Shinsho) ,and others.


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Closing Event Masaaki Sakai Tribute Concert
浅草ジンタ

堂島孝平
Kohei Dojima
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As the spearhead of pop musicians of the 21st century, Dojima has always been looking for "challenges" and "inventions" since his debut at age 18. In addition to releasing his own albums "A.C.E." and "A.C.E.2" in 2012 and 2013, he released the first album as the duo "SMALLS BOYS" and became as a producer.

Official Web Site : http://djkh.jp/
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NONA REEVES
NONA REEVES
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NONA REEVES's major label debut album was released in 1997. The band's distinctive sound and arrangement, influenced by soul, funk and '80s music, and its danceable live performance have a great reputation. The band is composed of Gota Nishidera(Vo), Keisuke Okuda(G), and Shigeru Komatsu(Dr). Each continues to thrive as he expresses his individuality.

Official Web Site : http://www.popstation.info/
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No Lie-Sense
No Lie-Sense (Keiichi Suzuki+KERA)
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No Lie-Sense is the duo of Keiichi Suzuki and KERA. Suzuki is a former member of Moonriders, which had a substantial influence on Japanese music, and KERA is a former member of Uchoten, which established the indie pops era. The two enthusiastically agreed to create "music with not-so-much point" and formed this duo.a Their album will be released on November 6 by revived Nagomu Records.

Official Web Site : Keiichi SuzukiKERA
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ポカスカジャン
Pocaskajan
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Comedy music band. The band easily adapts its performance to suit various venues from a yose comedy house to a large concert hall and has participated in many rock festivals. It is known for "Garigari-kun no Uta," a song for TV commercial and recently composed children's songs, including "Panpapa Pan" for a NHK TV show, "Okaasan to issho."

Official Web Site : http://pocaskajan.com/
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Hoffdylan
Hoffdylan
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The duo debuted in 1996 and released its 8th album "2PLATOONS" last year. Its live concert tour "Ho futari tabi" carried the duo to sake breweries, temples and classic concert halls across the country and will be kicking off again this coming fall. The two appear in various outlets including radio and TV programs as well as magazines.

Official Web Site : http://hoff.jp/
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Momo Clo
Momo Clo
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"Momo Clo" started its activities in the form of live street concerts as "an idol group you can meet now." The group's major label debut was in May 2010 with the song "Ikuze! Kaito Shojo." The group's dream of making "Kohaku Utagassen" on NHK came true at the end of 2012. This year, "Momo Clo" took the top weekly spot of the Oricon charts with its second album, "5TH DEMENSION," for the first time and in August, had a live concert at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama.

Official Web Site : http://www.momoclo.net/
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Festival Eve Event Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Indian Cinema: 3 Idiots” Return Screening

野火杏子(のび きょうこ)
Kyoko Nobi
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Head of the classical Indian Bharata Natyam and Indian pop dance school, "Contemporary Natyam Company." Teacher at the India Cultural Centre, Embassy of India, Tokyo. Choreographer for television series, commercials and films including "Buddha – The Great Departure," "Kaibutsu-kun". Author of "Masala Eiga Monogatari" (Masala Movie Story) and "Odoru Yoga" (Dancing Yoga), among others.

Official Web Site: http://www.cncdance.com/home.htm
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光石富士朗(みついし ふじろう)
Fujiro Mitsuishi
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After graduating from the College of Humanities and Sciences at Nihon University, and working as Assistant Director for Tatsumi Kumashiro among others, Mitsuishi made his directorial debut in 1999. In 2002, he won the NETPAC Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival for "Ogya," and followed that up in 2008 with an energypacked yet sensitive film version of well-known manga "Osaka Hamlet." As a co-scriptwriter for "Kunio" the film, he covered the first to sixth installments of the game series.

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Swedish Comedy: LiLiCo’s Room

LiLiCo
LiLiCo
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Born in Stockholm. Entered show business in 1989. LiLiCo appears in many fashion and film events as an MC as well as in radio and TV programs. Her talk shows on films gain popularity. She is a voice actor and film critic and her articles on films can be read in magazines and newspapers. LiLiCo regularly appears on such TV programs as "King's Brunch" and "Wednesday Premier" on TBS and "NONSTOP!" on Fuji TV.

Official Blog LiLi.Com
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町山智浩
Tomohiro Machiyama
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A film critic and the first editor-in-chief of "Eiga Hiho" (Yosensha). Machiyama moved to the U.S. in 1997. His publications include "Eiga no Mikata ga Wakaru Hon," and he writes columns for "Shukan Bunshun" and "Weekly Ascii." He also works as a subtitle supervisor, and presenter on the TBS radio program "Tamamusubi" and WOWOW TV program "Machiyama Tomohiro's Eiga Jyuku!"

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水道橋博士
Suidobashi Hakase
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Born in Okayama in 1962, He became a pupil of Beat Takeshi in 1986. While playing an active role as part of a comedy duo, "Asakusa Kid," he also actively pursues a career as a writer. He appears regularly on NHK network's "Asaichi" and many other programs. His major publications include "Hakase no Ijo na Kenko," among many others. His latest e-book is "Geininshunju" and currently he writes a column "Shukan Geininshunju" for the magazine "Shukan Bunshun."

Official Web Site : Kid Return
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Tony Crosbie
Tony Crosbie
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Born in Liverpool, England in 1962. Since moving to Japan in 1988, He has been active across a broad spectrum such as designer, fashion stylist, personality, and essayist. He is as a commentator on the Fuji television network live soccer telecast, and is known for appearing on the well-known TOKYO MX television program, "Go Ji Ni Muchu."

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Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright
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Edgar Wright's extraordinary talent was instantly recognized when his 2004 film "Shaun of the Dead" became a big hit in the U.K. His next film "Hot Fuzz" was an international success, and today he remains to be one of the directors whose new films are most eagerly awaited. His collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost has proven to be hugely popular too.

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Voice Actors’ Live Stage in SHITA COME 2013
羽佐間道夫(はざま みちお)
Michio Hazama
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Hazama is known as the voice of Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky" as well as a narrator of TV programs. His recent voice-over roles include Gandalf in "The Hobbit" and Sam Jones in "Ted." Hazama is a grand master of voice acting with over 6,000 titles to his name and a producer in voice acting performances.

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野沢雅子
Masako Nozawa
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Nozawa is one of the leading voice actors in Japan, known for the voices of Kitaro in "GeGeGe no Kotaro",Tetsuro Hoshino in "Galaxy Express 999", Son Goku, Son Gohan, Son Goten and more in the "Dragonball" series, and many others. She also presides over the Moonlight Theater Troupe and shares her passion for stage performance.

Official Web Site:http://www.aoni.co.jp/actress/na/nozawa-masako.html
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宝亀克寿
Katsuhisa Houki
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Hoki performs voice-overs for various genres such as films, animations and games. His best known voiceover roles include Jimbei in "ONE PIECE," Kaminari-san in "Doraemon," and Detective Lieutenant Provenza in "The Closer." He is an actor and a dialect instructor in "Teru Teru Kazoku," a NHK TV drama series.

Official Web Site:http://www.kenyu-office.com/profile/houkikatsuhisa.html
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田原アルノ
Aruno Tahara
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Tahara is known for voices of Shizuka's father in "Doraemon," Beckman in "ONE PIECE," and Livingston in "Ocean's Eleven." He is also the narrator of the TV drama series, "Ju Mong, Prince of the Legend," the voice of the Electric Eel Dog appearing in TV commercials for "Tokyo Gas Enefarm," and a technical director of many recitation performances.

Official Web Site:http://mouvement.jp/actors/tahara/
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山寺宏一(やまでら こういち)
Koichi Yamadera
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Yamadera is a leading voice actor in Japan, whose roles include Cheese in "Soreike! Anpanman" and Ryoji Kai in "Evangelion 2.0" as well as Donald Duck and other dozen characters in Disney films. He also performs voiceover for Eddie Murphy and Jim Carrey and hosts "Oha Sta / The Super Kids Station", a TV variety show for children.

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高木渉
Wataru Takagi
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Takagi acts on stage as a member of a troupe, Akapera Club, and performs voice-over for animations and foreign films. In his work as a voice actor, he is best known for Detective Takagi/ Genta Kojima in "Detective Conan," Sensei in "Doraemon," and Knuckle Bine in "Hunter x Hunter." Takagi was also cast in "Mitani's Sakura no Sono," a stage play directed by Koki Mitani.

Official Web Site:http://www.artsvision.co.jp/
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伊瀬茉莉也
Mariya Ise
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Ise is a versatile voice actor who can play a wide range of characters from a girlie girl to a boy and to a tough woman. Her best known roles are Urara Kasugano/Cure Lemonade in "Yes! PreCure 5," Midori Kitagami in "Evangelion 3.0," Killua in "HUNTER x HUNTER," and Sawa Nakamura in "Aku no Hana."

Official Web Site:http://across-ent.com/profile/im2.php
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片桐裕司(かたぎりひろし)
Hiroshi Katagiri
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A Tokyo native born in 1972. Katagiri moved to the U.S. at the age of 18 and started to work at Screaming Mad George's studio the next year. Then, he moved on to be involved in character creations for various films and TV shows as a freelancer. In 1998, he received an Emmy award for his work in the TV drama series, "X-files." From 2000 to 2006, he was one of the main artists at Stan Winston Studio, which was famous for the creation of characters such as the Terminator. He continues to be involved in character creation in various films while also teaching the subject.

Official Web Site: HK STUDIO
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TSUTAYA Buried Treasures presents  Legend John Waters’ Serial Mom

John Waters
John Waters
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After making his first film with an 8mm camera at age 17, Waters enrolled in a major New York film school. But then got expelled for marijuana possession. "Pink Flamingos," the film he shot starring transvestite Divine, as the "filthiest person alive," made him the grand master of bad taste movies. His later releases include "Hairspray." The success of "Serial Mom" in 1994 revived his popularity.

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Michika Ishikawa
Michika Ishikawa
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Ishikawa spent three years living in Paris, then decided to become a freelance illustrator. She produces essays and illustrations offering her own unique take on film and fashion for magazines, online sites and advertising. Her publications include "Ishikawa Michika no Katte ni Shinema Feeba" (Michika Ishikawa's Cinema Fever As I Please) (Bungeishunju), among others. She currently publishes a column with the latest in film and celebrity news, called "Cinema as I Please," on a cellphone ringtone site.

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Europe Kikaku presents The Short Comedy Film Selection from Kyoto

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Formed as a group within Doshisha University's drama club in 1998. After becoming an independent organization in 2000, their 28th program "Magare! Spoon" attracted 14,000 audiences across eight cities. Their theater plays "Summer Time Machine Blues" (2005) and "Magare! Spoon" (2009) have been adapted into feature films. Today, individual members of the group continue to expand into a diverse range of fields.

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京野ことみ
Kotomi Kyono
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Born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1978. Since her debut in 1992 in the film "Shichi-nin no Otaku: Cult Seven," Kotomi Kyono has gained recognition as a versatile actress skilled at acting out from the pure and innocent to the seductive through TV dramas such as "Hakusen Nagashi" and "Shomuni." She has starred in Europe Kikaku's "Showajima Walker." Upcoming appearances include the special period drama "Kumokiri Nizaemon," due to be aired on NHK in October 2013.

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Yasufumi Nakoshi
Yasufumi Nakoshi
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Born in Nara prefecture in 1960. Psychiatrist. Visiting Professor at Soai University and Kyoto Seika University. Nakoshi's specialization is Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Osaka Nakamiya Hospitalserving as its head. Retiring from that post in 1999, he continues to engage in clinical practice, while being active in various fields including as a television and radio commentator and a film critic.

Official Web Site 『NAKOSHI DIALOGUE
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