JFF 2020 is excited to have online sessions with the following individuals.
These sessions will be online, and free for all.

Come join us in these Q&As and find out more about Japanese cinema.

RENPEI TSUKAMOTO

DIRECTOR OF BENTO HARASSMENT

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, Renpei Tsukamoto’s illustrious directorial career includes works such as One Missed Call 2 (2004), 700 Days of Battle: Us vs. the Police (2008), Wig (2010), and Reon (2018), among many others. He also has extensive experience in television: Dragon Zakura (2005), Jikoukeisatsu (2006), Teinen Joshi (2017), Juuyou Sankounin Tantei (2017), among others.

In addition to TV dramas At Home Dad (2004) and Mother & Lover (2004), his latest work Bento Harassment will be his third collaboration with star actress Ryoko Shinohara.

Q&A on 12 Dec 2020 | SATURDAY | 8.30PM
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Kyohei Fujimura

DIRECTOR OF MY DAD IS A HEEL WRESTLER

Born in 1983 in Ishikawa Prefecture, he graduated from a Japanese film school and in 2007, received the Hakodate Harbor Illumination Film Festival’s Scenario Section Grand Prix for his script for Hikikomoru Onna tachi. He was chosen by the Young Directors Program by the Agency for Cultural Affairs to direct the short film Reverse Princess, which received high acclaim in film festivals in and out of Japan.

Since then, he has become a professional director, directing the music video for Nemuri Hime for the popular band SEKAI NO OWARI. He was also the Chief Director for the drama series Taberudake in 2013, and directed the music video for the theme song Beautiful Light Blue Girl by music group SAKANAMON. He was also the Chief Director for the drama series Alone in Love (2015, YTV), and Love Rerun (20178, YTV). My Dad is a Heel Wrestler, released in September 2018, is the first fulllength film he has directed, and premiered in theatres across Japan.

Q&A ON 13 DEC 2020 | SUNDAY | 8.30PM
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Kenji Iwaisawa

DIRECTOR OF ON-GAKU: Our Sound

Born Mar. 4, 1981, in Fussa, Tokyo, Kenji Iwaisawa studied under director Teruo Ishii. While learning live-action production techniques, he started venturing into animation as well.

He completed his first animation piece, “Man in the Tunnel Alley” in 2008. Currently, he continues to make short films – mainly animations – and began production of his feature-length animation film “ON-GAKU: Our Sound” in 2012.

q&a ON 20 DEC 2020 | sunday | 11am
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Haruhiko Arai

DIRECTOR OF IT FEELS SO GOOD

Haruhiko Arai is a five-time winner of the Kinema Jumpo Award, specialising in film that depicts the eroticism between men and women.

It Feels So Good (2019), a thrilling movie about about two people caught up in the throes of irresistible, illicit lust, who can’t bring themselves to say goodbye, which asks viewers the ultimate question: “When the world ends, who do you want to be with, and what do you want to be doing?”

q&a on 20 DEC 2020 | SUNDAY | 7PM
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Kazz Sato

SOUND DESIGNER

Born in Shizuoka, Japan, Kazz Sato graduated from the School of Audio Engineering in Singapore and became the resident Sound Director in Muse. Kazz manages all aspects of audio development in his company and has worked on TV and radio commercials, TV programmes and more. He has done collaborations with many Singapore-based directors like Djinn, Sam Loh, Sanif Olek, Gilbert Chan, Eric Khoo and many others.

MASTERCLASS ON 13 DEC 2020 | sunday | 2PM
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