This is a special interview with the cast members and directors of the 2020 Grand Award winner Blackout and the 2021 Grand Award winner Aim. They speak with host Jun Murakami of the comedy duo Shizuru about the making of the two films, their feelings and impressions upon receiving the awards, and the best parts of those films in exhaustive detail.
Cast. Kan Yamamoto Kosuke Yamamoto Gazebo Momoka Kobayashi Jun Murakami (Shizuru)See More
A special roundtable discussion with Creators Factory 2021 nominees Makoto Kikuchi, director of Siblings, Yoko Sato, director of My Bitter Sweet Home, and Risa Yamamoto, director of Homework. They talked about their approach to content creation, such as how they direct and structure their works, as well as behind-the-scenes of their film production. The MC is Garage Sale's Gori, who is himself an active film director.
Cast. Yoko Sato Makoto Kikuchi Risa Yamamoto Gori (Garage Sale) Mari Asato Fuka MiyajimaSee More
The video was posted on Twitter.
The video captured the moment a person vanished.
In order to capture this phenomenon on camera, the director Hayashi and his cameraman Yoshikawa, of Gossip Video Topics
Company visit the vanishing man, Toru Urao.
Toru Urao had recently lost his job due to the effects of the coronavirus, and is struggling to survive on unemployment insurance and
Director Hayashi offers to pay Toru Urao a large sum of money to allow them to shoot the moment he vanishes.
Toru Urao agreed to let them film his hardships and challenges to make ends meet.
Dir. YAMAMOTO KAN
Cast. YAMAMOTO KOSUKE YAMAMOTO SHUN YAMAMOTO KANSee More
Mai, who has been withdrawn since her mother's death, spends her days playing games and sleeping.
My father is worried about such a daughter, but he doesn't know how to deal with it and asks for advice online.
Cast. TAKUYA FUJISAKI MOMOKA KOBAYASHI YUSUKE TAKAHASHI TOMOYA MASUDASee More
The siblings of children with disabilities or illnesses (the able-bodied siblings) face difficulties in their lives, such as not getting enough attention from their parents who are busy taking care of the other child or being exposed to prejudice from society.
By focusing on the struggles of these siblings, a subject that has not received much attention in the past, this film was created with the hope of providing a new perspective on disability and encouraging people in any situation to live their life however they want.
Dir. Yoko Sato
Cast. Miho Nakanishi Rikuto Kumaki Yo Osamu Maki Isonishi Tohsei Ishida Mayumi Ichitani Fuka Masujima Hiyori TsukijiSee More
The flashy house towering over an upscale residential area was possibly a symbol of the late father's wealth. The family was financially successful, but the death of the mother caused them to suffer and lose the house.
After not being in the house for a long time, the scenery that should have been there is gone. The memories of each family member gradually come back to life in the lost space. A single ultrasound photo triggers a gradual revelation of the major problems underlying this family.
With contemporary society changing, the sisters are haunted by the ghosts of capitalism and are unable to escape. The sisters are forced to question, clash, and confront their meager existence. It is a nostalgic and sad story of a family, fragile and crumbling, yet powerfully linked.
Dir. KIKUCHI Makoto
Cast. MIEDA Natsuki ONO Yuriko KIKUCHI Makoto SUZUKI Tsukushi HIGASHIDE Kaoru KONTANI Nagino SEGIZAWA Yura OTA YunoSee More
After the death of his beloved father and his mother getting remarried, Kento (11) is dealing with loneliness in secret.
When Kento moves to a new place, he meets Susumu (79), who stubbornly continues to run a small cram school he used to run with his late wife, and becomes his last student.
Susumu was separated from his parents when he was a child, and is about to enter the last years of his life, without ever knowing his real name.
One day, Susumu invites Kento on a journey to find his true name. Susumu has a strong desire to know his true self, while Kento is dealing with the loneliness of not being able to feel his mother's love. Their problems somehow overlap, and a solid friendship that transcends generations is formed.
At the end of the journey, Susumu gives Kento "homework" for living life.
Dir. Risa Yamamoto
Cast. Kira Takezawa Akimasa Kimura Yuka Otomo Mami Noguchi Yusuke Oishi Nanami Sasaki Eisuke Masuoka Keiji YamashitaSee More