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General Creative Producer
Seiko Ito
Seiko ItoGeneral Creative Producer

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 Web Site:“WATCH SEIKO

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Short Film Competition SHITACOME Grand Prize 2017

Official Main Visual Artist
Mikio Igarashi
Mikio Igarashi

Born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1955, Igarashi debuted as a manga artist at 24. His cutting-edge four-frame manga, “Nekuratopia,” created a sensation. In 1983, he received the Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) Excellence Award for “You’re to Blame” (Jitsugyo no Nihonsha). His hit series, “Bono Bono” (1986-, Takeshobo), won the 1988 Kodansha Manga Award and still continues today. Other works include “Ninpen Manmaru,” which won the 1998 Shogakukan Manga Excellence Award (currently in a special Bunkasha reissue), and “View from Nowhere” (Ohta Books), which is about the Great East Japan Earthquake aftermath and won a JCA Excellence Award. Igarashi also illustrated “Sheep’s Tree” (written by Tatsuhiko Yamagami), and a film version directed by Daihachi Yoshida is to be released in 2018.

Official Web Site:ぼのねっと

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Special Screening
齊藤 工
Takumi SaitohGuest

Born in 1981. After modeling, Saitoh debuted as an actor in 2001. His latest film appearances include “A Cappella,” “DANCHI,” (16) and “Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon” (17). Also a film director, his short film “Half & Half” (14) gained international acclaim. Saitoh’s first directorial feature film “blank 13” won this year’s Audience Award Grand Prix at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and the Asian New Talent Award for Best Director at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Opening Special Screening "blank13"

Kinichi Hagimoto
Kinichi HagimotoGuest

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Toshio Tsuchiya
Toshio TsuchiyaGuest

Born in 1956 in Shizuoka prefecture, Tsuchiya joined Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV) in 1979. He started with tabloid TV shows and moved to variety show production. As a director-producer, he produced hit shows like "Kin Kira Rin 530 !," "Let It All Hang Out, Live with the Tunnels!", and “Umnan World Conquest Declaration," "Urchin Nanchan's Urinari!!” His "Denpa Shonen" series, which took a documentary viewpoint on variety shows, deconstructed the existing harmony of TV programs, captured viewers’ hearts, and became a social phenomenon. Tsuchiya, fondly known as "T producer" or "T manager," currently works at NTV as a research lab senior creator, energetically producing video content. Created in collaboration with Rhizomatiks Design, his new parallel VR drama “The Detective Invisible” is grabbing attention.

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Jung Hyungsuk
Jung HyungsukGuest

Born in 1966, Jung graduated from the Korean Academy of Film Arts in 1998. After doing the KBS screenplay "Fragment” (2000), he became a drama scriptwriter while producing “Capture That Man” (playwright, director, actor, producer) and other plays and musicals. In 1997, he won the 9th Film Promotion Public Corporation Scenario Creation Award Short Screenwriter Excellence Award and the 2014 Kocang International Theater Festival Actor Performance Grand Prize. Currently, he lectures on production at Hanyang University School of Business Administration. This is his directorial feature film debut.

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Special Screening "The Night View of the Ocean in Yeosu"

LiLiCo
LiLiCoGuest

Born in Stockholm, LiLiCo started her career in show business in 1989. She is a film critic, voice actor, and pro wrestler, and appears on many TV and radio shows including “King’s Brunch” on TBS, Fuji TV’s “NONSTOP!” and as a narrator on NHK BS1’s "Run x Smile."

Official Blog: http://ameblo.jp/lilicom/

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Special Screening "CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE" LiLiCo’s Octopus Hold on Films

Rawson Marshall Thurber
Rawson Marshall Thurber "CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE"Director

Born in San Francisco on Feb. 9, 1975. His directorial works include “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (2004) and “We're the Millers” (2013).

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Nacho Vigalondo
Nacho Vigalondo

The Spanish director won high acclaim at numerous film festivals with his sensational debut feature “Timecrimes.” He directed a segment in the anthology horror film “The ABCs of Death.” He also wrote and directed “Open Windows” starring Elijah Wood. He has won over 80 awards in film festivals around the world.

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Agnieszka Smoczynska
Agnieszka Smoczynska

Born in 1978, Agnieszka Smoczynska graduated Silesia University Department of Film Directing at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. She directed “The Hat” and “3 Love” as a student. 2007’s “Aria Diva” won multiple awards at various festivals, including in New York. “The Lure” is her feature film directorial debut, winning Best Director Debut and Best Makeup at the Gdynia Film Festival 2015, Poland’s largest film festival.

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ラリー・チャールズ
Larry Charles

Born in New York in 1956, Charles debuted as a feature-length film director with “Masked and Anonymous” (2003). In 2006, he directed “Borat,” an extreme film full of jokes mocking the U.S. that caused worldwide controversy. His other directorial works include “Brüno” (2009) and “The Dictator” (2012).

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Comedy Award of Honor Special Screenings of Masao Komatsu
Masao Komatsu
Masao Komatsu Guest
Komatsu debuted on "Soap Bubble Holiday" (NTV). Co-starring with the Crazy Cats, he was very popular at the height of TV song variety shows in the 1960s. He performed rapid-fire comic exchanges with Shiro Ito in the comic variety shows of the 1970s. He brightened viewers’ TVs with his chic humor in the 1980s by adding subcultural elements learned from stand-up comedians like Tamori, Shinya Dan, and Issey Ogata. Komatsu also demonstrated acting talent in dramas and movies in the 1990s. Elected the 10th Chairman of the Japan Comedy Actors Association in 2011, he launched the Masao Komatsu Ichiza Company in 2014. He continues to dazzle on the stage and in television, drama, and film as a leading comedy actor in Japan.

Official Web Site: http://fine-stage.net/talent/小松-政夫/

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Official Supporter Song Musician
Asakusa Jinta
Asakusa JintaGuest

The band’s career started around 2002 in Asakusa with the theme of “Act locally and globally.” The band was named “Asakusa Jinta” by Sanyutei Koyuza, a comedic storyteller. While working as an Asakusa-based rock band of dignified isolation, the band has performed at Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Asagiri JAM and many other key festivals. Its wide field of activity includes collaborations with Beat Takeshi and Kazuo Umezu, original soundtracks for the TV drama “Dandarin Rules,” and appearing on the TV show “Shoten.

Official Web Site: http://www.asakusajinta.com/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/asakusajint6

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Closing Event Masao Komatsu Tribute Concert
Poca Ska Jan
Poca Ska JanGuest

A comic band that performs at various places from Yose vaudeville theaters to rock festivals with many music-based comedy materials backed by their music sense. The band is well-known for the jingle for “Gari Gari kun” popsicles and highly reputed for writing songs such as “Panpapa Pan” for the NHK TV show “Okaasan to Issho.” In 2014, Poca Ska Jan became the first music-based entertainer ever awarded the Hanagata Engei Grand Prize by the National Engei Hall and was recognized in the Engei entertainment world as a talented band.

Official Web Site: http://pocaskajan.com/

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Asakusa Jinta
Asakusa JintaGuest

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Hoff Dylan
Hoff DylanGuest

Watanababy (Vocals & Guitar) Yuhi Komiyama (Vocals & Keyboard)
Each member of this band writes and sings songs. All the songs released so far were arranged and produced only by the band. Hoff Dylan debuted in 1996 with “Smile” and had many hits in 1998, including “Enkyori Renai wa Tsuzuku,” “Yokubo,” and “Gokuraku wa Dokoda.” The band is an active performer, playing live at Fuji Rock Festival and performing solo at the Nippon Budokan. In Sep. 2006, the band broke a hiatus of three and a half years. Pony Canyon is releasing the band’s new album in the fall of 2017. The members also host radio/TV shows, narrate commercials, write regularly for magazines, post messages on the web and produce videos.

Official Web Site: http://hoff.jp/

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SCOOBIE DO
SCOOBIE DOGuest

A 22-year-old band formed by four “samurai,” SCOOBIE DO pursues the most exciting rock and funk with its “Funk-a-lismo!” music style. The overwhelming live performances and fully independent mind of the “LIVE CHAMP” are enthusiastically supported by all types of music fans. The band will release its 13th album in the fall of 2017 and give its first solo concert at Zepp Tokyo on Feb. 11, 2018.

Official Web Site: http://www.scoobie-do.com/

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フラワーカンパニーズ
Flower CompanyzGuest

“The best live band in Japan” from Nagoya. Flower Companyz, or “Furakan,” was formed by Keisuke Suzuki (vocals), Great Maekawa (bass), Kenichi Takeyasu (guitar) and Mr. Konishi (drums). With their motto “Go off to deliver concerts,” the members drive a truck loaded with concert equipment and do almost 100 concerts a year. The band entered the spotlight with their song “Shinya Kosoku,” covered by many musicians. In Dec. 2015, in the band’s 26th year and having had no changes in members or hiatuses, Flower Companyz made its first appearance at the Nippon Budokan and had a huge success. Its 16th full album “ROLL ON 48” will be out on Sep. 6, 2017 on a newly established label, Chicken Skin Records.

Official Web Site: http://flowercompanyz.com/

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Gentle Forest Jazz Band (ジェントル・フォレスト・ジャズ・バンド)
Gentle Forest Jazz BandGuest

Led by modern vaudevillian Gentle Kubota, this active big band makes full use of its own music developed from the classic swing style. Formed by 17 instrumentalists and three vocalists, the Gentle Forest Sisters, the band delivers live performances full of excitement and laughter.

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Kenta Hamano
Kenta HamanoGuest

Born in Kanagawa on Aug. 5, 1981, Hamano is the vocalist and leader of the band Zainichi Funk and former trombonist of the band SAKEROCK, which split up in 2015. He also appears as an actor in many films, TV dramas and commercials, with his unique presence and strong personality.

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Jury Members of Short Film Competition SHITA COME Grand Prize 2017
Yu Irie
Yu IrieGuest

Born in Kanagawa in 1979, Irie grew up in Saitama. His independent film, “8000 Miles” (09) became a highly discussed film, winning the Grand-Prix in the Fantastic Off-Theater Competition at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival and the 50th Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award. It also became a TV series in 2017. He later released the film’s sequels “8000 Miles 2: Girl Rappers” (10) and “Roadside Fugitive” (12). He received the Next Director Award at the Takasaki Film Festival with “Ringing in Their Ears” (11). His other works include “Hibi Rock” (14), “Joker Game” (15), “The Sun” (16), and “Confession of Murder.” His new film “Vigilante” will be released in Dec. 2017.

Official Web Site:http://irie-yu.com/

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Short Film Competition SHITACOME Grand Prize 2017


Takuya Ohyama
Takuya OhyamaGuest

After working as an editorial staffer for a gaming magazine, he launched “Natalie,” a media website on pop culture in 2007. Since then, he has been providing news on music, manga, Japanese comedy, film and theater. In 2017, he became Chairman of Board of Directors of Natasha,Inc., the operating company of “Natalie.”

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Kohei Dojima
Kohei DojimaGuest

Dojima is a singer-songwriter who has already released 17 original albums. He has also produced music for numerous artists. Not only has he composed the theme song for “Kochikame,” but he has also been a joint producer for KinKi Kids, supporting them not only in recordings but also as a performer in their live shows. As an actor, he has starred in “sayonara, dear” in 2014, and performed in theater company Gekidan-Shika564’s “Nanashi no samurai” in 2016. He has also directed a short film on “O-Creator's TV show” (Fuji TV). Along with voicing Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s image character “Midosuke,” he has voiced countless narrations for TV and radio.
第6回したコメ「堺正章リスペクトライブ」にも出演。

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Yoshinori Chiba
Yoshinori ChibaGuest

Born in 1965. Director and Chief Producer of the plan & organizing department of Nikkatsu Corporation. Debuting as a producer with “Zeiramu” (dir. Keita Amamiya) in 1991, he has produced “Battlefield Stadium” (03/ dir. Yudai Yamaguchi), “Yatterman” (09/ dir. Takashi Miike), “Cold Fish” (11/ dir. Sion Sono), and “The Devil’s Path” (13/ dir. Kazuya Shiraishi). “The Machine Girl” (08/ dir. Noboru Iguchi) became a smash hit overseas, highly-discussed as a niche film with its shocking violence. Based on this experience, he founded the label “SUSHI TYPHOON,” aiming for overseas. He recently produced “Death Row Family” by the director of “Kamikaze Cowboy,” Yuki Kobayashi, marking Kobayashi’s first major feature debut.

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Short Film Competition SHITACOME Grand Prize 2017


Seiko Ito
Seiko ItoGeneral Creative Producer

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Cinema Kabuki “Megumi no Kenka” at SHITA COME
Kankuro Nakamura
Kankuro NakamuraGuest

Born in 1981, Kankuro is the first son of Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII. His first appearance on stage was in “Moritsunajinya” in Jan. 1986. He debuted as Kantaro Nakamura II in “Kadonde Futari Momotaro” in Jan. 1987 and took the name of Kankuro Nakamura VI in “Tsuchigumo” and “Shunkyo Kagamijishi” at the Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre in Feb. 2012. He also appeared in the film “Sanada 10 Braves” (2016).

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Shichinosuke Nakamura
Shichinosuke NakamuraGuest

Born in 1983, Shichinosuke Nakamura is the second son of Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII. His first appearance on stage was in “Ori” as Kankichi at the Kabukiza Theatre in 1986, and he took the name of Shichinosuke Nakamura II in 1987 in his stage debut “Kadonde Futari Momotaro.” In 2003, he starred as the Meiji Emperor in the Hollywood film “The Last Samurai.”

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“Weekend Shuffle” (TBS Radio) presents “Tamafule Film Festival in SHITA COME.”
Utamaru(RHYMESTER)
Utamaru(RHYMESTER)Guest

A rapper and radio personality born in Tokyo in 1969, Utamaru formed a Japanese rapper group called “Rhymester” while in college. They debuted in 1993. As they were active when hip hop was not yet established in Japan as a music genre, they searched for a methodology for Japanese rap centered on live performance and won many fans. Even now, Utamaru displays amazing front-line activity. When the TBS radio show "Utamaru from Rhymester’s Weekend Shuffle" started in 2007, he made a breakthrough as a radio personality. His program has drawn much attention for its ingeniously planned specials and movie section that gives honest criticism from the heart. Many publications related to this show have been published. Utamaru received the 46th Galaxy Award "DJ Personality Award" in 2009.

“Utamaru from Rhymester’s Weekend Shuffle”Official Web Site:https://www.tbsradio.jp/utamaru/
RHYMESTER・Web Site:http://www.rhymester.jp/

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“Eiga Hiho” Presents the Eiga Hiho Festival
Tomohiro Machiyama
Tomohiro MachiyamaGuest

Machiyama is a film critic and founding editor-in-chief of “Eiga Hiho” (Yosensha Publishing) and lives in Berkeley, California. He writes columns for “Shukan Bunshun,” “Courrier Japon,” and “Cyzo.” He also works as a movie subtitle supervisor and a presenter for TBS Radio’s “Tamamusubi” and WOW WOW’s “Machiyama Tomohiro no Eiga Juku!” He also co-wrote the screenplay for “Attack on Titan” directed by Shinji Higuchi. His many publications include, “Eiga no Mikata ga Wakaru Hon,” “Saraba Hakujin Kokka America,” “Mottomo Kiken na America Eiga” and “Jikkyo Chukei Trump no America Seifuku Kotodama USA2017.”

Official Blog:http://d.hatena.ne.jp/TomoMachi/

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Yumeaki Hirayama
Yumeaki HirayamaGuest

Born in 1961 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Hirayama was a film critic of Z-class horror movies before his 1996 debut as a novelist with “SINKER? Shizumumono” (Tokuma Shoten). In 2006, "Monologue of a Universal Transverse Mercator Projection" (Kobunsha) won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award and was first in the Japanese book category of “Kono Mystery ga Sugoi!” In 2009, he won the Oyabu Haruhiko Award and Japan Adventure Fiction Association Prize for “The Diner.” Other works include “Yagi yori Ue, Saru yori Shita” (Bungeishunju), “Kareinaru Bichigai no Sekai” (Yosensha Publishing), “Derumonte Hirayama no ‘Gomi Video’ Taizen” (Yosensha Publishing), and “Kaidan Isan” (Takeshobo). His short story “Innocent Prayer” has been made into a film of the same name (dir. Toru Kamei) and has become a surprise hit.

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Andrés Muschietti
Andres Muschietti"IT"Director

Born in Argentina, Muschietti is a director and screenwriter. He made his stunning feature film directorial debut with his 2013 horror film “MAMA,” which played at 2,647 theaters across the U.S. and hit number one at the box office. The massive horror hit grossed nearly 150 million dollars worldwide.

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Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele“Get Out”Director

Born in 1979 in New York, Peele began his career as a comedian. He was a regular cast member on FOX’s “MADtv” (1995-2009) for five seasons and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for the music video skit “Sad Fitty Cent.” His big break came with the Comedy Central sketch show “Key and Peele,” (2012-2015) which he created with “MADtv” castmate Keegan-Michael Key. In 2014, the show won the Peabody Award and the American Comedy Award for the Best Alternative Comedy Series. Recently the duo produced and starred in the comedy film “Keanu” (2016/not released in Japan), in which Keanu Reeves provided the voice of the titular kitten. Peele also co-wrote the film. “Get Out” is Peele’s first film as director.

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Voice Actors' Live Stage: Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Chaplin’s Death
Michio Hazama
Michio HazamaGuest

“Pokemon Sun & Moon” as a master fisherman
“Magic Kaito 1412” as Konosuke Jii
“Star Wars: Clone Wars” as Count Dooku
Voice Actors' Live Stage Planner and General Producer

Official Web Site: https://mouvement.jp/actors/hazama/

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Masako Nozawa
Masako NozawaGuest

“Dragon Ball” (series) as Son Goku, Gohan and Goten
“Galaxy Express 999” as Tetsuro Hoshino
“Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro” as Kitaro

Official Web Site: http://www.aoni.co.jp/actress/na/nozawa-masako.html

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Norio Wakamoto
Norio WakamotoGuest

“Prison Break” as T-Bag
“Sazae-san” as Anago
“Dragon Ball” series as Cell

Official Web Site: http://www.sigma7.co.jp/profile/m_40.html

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Koichi Yamadera
Koichi YamaderaGuest

“Dragon Ball Super” as Beerus
“Evangelion” as Ryoji Kaji
“The Mask” as Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey)

Official Web Site: http://across-ent.com/profile/yk.php

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Cinema Comic Storytelling at SHITA-COME-tei: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Shiraku Tatekawa
Shiraku TatekawaGuest

Born in 1963. In his fourth year of attending Nihon University College of Art, Tatekawa became an apprentice of Danshi Tatekawa, earning his second rank in 1988 and becoming the full-fledged first rank in 1995. He is currently the head of a large family of 20 apprentices. During his second rank years, he founded the comedy group “Tatekawa Boys” with his senior apprentice, Danshun Tatekawa. As part of promoting the unique art of comic storytelling to younger generations, he has created over 70 pieces for “Cinema Comic Storytelling,” merging film and classical comic storytelling. Tatekawa is a comic storyteller in shows, a TV commentator, a film critic, and a founder of a theater company. He holds solo performances all over Japan including “Shiraku Rakugo Daizenshu” at the National Engei Hall and “Shiraku Shin Hyakuseki” at Yokohama Nigiwai-za. Founded in 2003, his theater company Shitamachi Danny Rose has done 19 performances. He is the performer, playwright, director, and music director for his one-man plays which kicked off this year. Also active as a film columnist for “Kinema Junpo” and “Asahi Newspaper,” he has written many books including “Ginza Banashi Shiraku Hyakuten” and “Makura Collection.”

Official Web Site:http://www.shiraku.net/

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A Taito Film Commission supported film,
Rui Yoshida’s “Wanderer's Notebook” with “Rui Yoshida and his Buddies”
Naoki Nagao
Naoki Nagao

Born in 1955, Nagai won the First Pia Film Festival Prize in 1977 while enrolled at Waseda University. He worked at the Tohokushinsha Film Corporation's CM director division and later became independent. He is the top runner when it comes to making major commercials. His directorial debut was the feature film "Tokyo Holiday" (1991), and his second work as director, "Musashino―High Voltage Towers" (1997), received the Agency for Cultural Affairs Film Award. His other works include "The Ripples" (02) and "Argentine Baba" (06).

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A Taito Film Commission supported film, Rui Yoshida’s “Wanderer's Notebook”

Rui Yoshida
Rui YoshidaGuest

Born in Kochi prefecture in 1949, Yoshida is an illustrator, "pub poet," and Kochi Prefecture Tourism Special Envoy. First fascinated by Buddhist art, he became a painter of surreal art, repeatedly visiting Europe, especially Paris. Later as an illustrator and essayist, he began writing on taverns and travels from the 1990s. He has written much on the topic of human relations at drinking places. A commentary on the charm of bars in various parts of Japan, Yoshida's “Wanderer's Notebook” (BS-TBS) has been endorsed by both drinkers and many others since the TV program started in 2003. Furthermore, Yoshida’s acting debut was on a TV drama called "Old Downtown Rocket" (2015/TBS).

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A Taito Film Commission supported film, Rui Yoshida’s “Wanderer's Notebook”

Public Recording of CS Fuji TV, Nihon Eiga Broadcasting Program “Otoko Obasan!!”
“Otoko Obasan!!”Shinichi Karube, Shinsuke Kasai
“Otoko Obasan!!”Shinichi Karube, Shinsuke KasaiGuest

“Otoko Obasan!!” is an entertainment information program currently airing on Fuji TV CS broadcasting, hosted by Shinichi Karube and Shinsuke Kasai. The program got its name because the two men (otoko) talk non-stop like middle-aged women (obasan). The duo displays their virtuosity with their popular “photo show-and-tell” in the program’s film introduction segment. The show, now in its 17th year, also features “Digicam Exploration,” in which they do on-site reporting with video camera in hand, and “Shinsuke Kasai’s Zuka Guide” offering Takarazuka information.

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Public Recording of CS Fuji TV, Nihon Eiga Broadcasting Program “Otoko Obasan!!”

Workshops on Film-related Jobs
Yoshihiro Nishimura
Yoshihiro NishimuraGuest

Born in 1967. Nishimura Eizo Co., Ltd., run by Nishimura, engages in special effects makeup and molding and gore effects for various films from horror to romance, TV dramas, and commercials. He entered the limelight as a creator of fierce splatter/gore depiction never seen in Japanese films before. His directorial debut was “Tokyo Gore Police” (2008). He also directed “Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl” (with Naoyuki Tomomatsu, 2010), “Mutant Girls Squad” (with Noboru Iguchi and Taku Sakaguchi, 2010), “Helldriver” (2011), segment Z of “The ABCs of Death” (2012), “The Ninja War of TORAKAGE” (2015), and more. His special effects molding and makeup appear in “Love Exposure” (2009), “Cold Fish” (2010), “ATTACK ON TITAN Part 1” (2015), and more. He was also special effects molding producer for “SHIN GODZILLA,” which released in Jul. 2016.

Official Web Site:http://www.nishi-eizo.com/

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Workshops on Film-related Jobs (Admission-free Events)


Yuko Yamada
Yuko YamadaGuest

Born in Tokyo. Graduated from Yokohama College of Art and Design. After studying in the U.K., Yamada became a clay animation production assistant and then a clay animator. Regularly holds workshops.
Yamada’s works include “Asakusa Konekonendo!” as a project of the Taito City Art and Culture Support System (a combination of Asakusa characters created by kids and Yamada at the workshop.)

浅草こねこねんど! Facebook ページ:https://www.facebook.com/asakusakonekonendo/

Yuko Yamada Official HP:https://www.tumblr.com/blog/konekonedoh

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Workshops on Film-related Jobs (Admission-free Events)

Ryuta Miyake
Ryuta MiyakeGuest

A screenwriter, film director, script doctor, and psychology counselor.
Born in Tokyo. Joined Wakamatsu Production as an assistant director, and then engaged in films and TV dramas as a freelance cinematography and lighting assistant. Turned from a music video director into a screenwriter and director.
As one of the few script doctors in Japan, Miyake joins many domestic and overseas film projects and teaches at Tokyo University of the Arts and scenario schools.

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Workshops on Film-related Jobs (Admission-free Events)

Intermission Screening: “NORASCO” Commercial on Movie Theater Etiquette
Yuji Uchiyama
Yuji Uchiyama

Born in 1980 in Tokyo, Uchiyama graduated from the Department of Imaging Art of Tokyo Polytechnic University. With his debut work, "Alzheim," a graduation project for the University, Uchiyama started producing comedy-themed short animations. In 2009, he worked on "KAMI USAGI ROPÉ" where he designed characters, wrote the screenplay, directed and voiced them until May 2013. He released Volume One and Two of “NORASCO” in Dec. 2014, later releasing Volume Three and Four in Aug. 2015 on DVD. Presently, new episodes are being produced.

Official Twitter:https://twitter.com/uchiyama_yuji

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Intermission Screening: “NORASCO” Commercial on Movie Theater Etiquette

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