Perspectives Japan

The documentaries in the Perspectives Japan program each portray today’s Japan from a unique standpoint. BETWEEN YESTERDAY & TOMORROW Omnibus 2011/2016 confronts the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami from the “nows” of both 2011 and 2016, in an omnibus-style work brought to us by four filmmakers. I Want to Run for Office follows the campaign of writer and political hopeful Lee Komaki, known for leading tours of the Tokyo neighborhood of Kabukicho, as he runs for a seat in the local ward assembly. Tenryu-ku Okuryoke Osawa: Bessho Tea Factory is a hotly anticipated documentary from filmmaker Hori Teiichi, usually known for his fiction films. The latest works of Murakami Kenji and Onishi Kenji will also be screened, continuing to trace for us the end of 8mm film with the two directors’ insatiable spirit of exploration, as will The Road Home, which appeared in an earlier form at Yamagata Rough Cut! 2015.