Archive for category: Japan

/ 03/26/2012 9:49 AM

ON THE MOVE / March – April 2012

BBC Worldwide Japan names new President Ken Munekata is joining BBC Worldwide in the role of president for Japan, after having served nearly three decades at Sony Corporation. Based in Tokyo, Munekata will be responsible for the commercial activities and strategic development for BBC Worldwide across its sales and distribution and consumer products businesses, as well as live events and [...]

/ 03/21/2012 5:31 PM

Hot Docs 2012 selects 20 films from or about Asia Pacific

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced its full film line-up for the upcoming 19th edition, April 26-May 6, at a press conference this morning at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto. From 2,085 film submissions, this year’s slate will present 189 titles from a record 51 countries in 11 screening programs. Among this selection, 20 films are from [...]

/ 03/07/2012 2:10 AM

Ridley Scott and Fuji TV team up on “one day” quake documentary

US filmmaker Ridley Scott and Fuji Television are teaming up to make “Japan in a Day,” a documentary about how people spend the first anniversary of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.   “The project is dedicated to the many japanese people who lost their lives or are still suffering from the March 11 disaster, which killed nearly 20,000 people and set [...]

/ 03/03/2012 1:37 AM

Discovery Asia about to broadcast its “Rebuilding Japan Project” films

One-year after the tsunami disaster in Japan, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific (DNAP) is about to premiere the finished doc films from its Rebuilding Japan pitching initiative. Launched on April, 26, 2011, the Rebuilding Japan project features documentaries from local filmmakers about Japan’s efforts to recover from the devastation of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Sixteen finalists were chosen from more than [...]

/ 03/02/2012 3:01 AM

“Planet of Snail” touching in many ways (Korean Herald)

Of all our senses, the sense of touch arguably is the most intimate. It develops before all the other senses, and it’s one of the first ways in which children learn about their environment and bond with others. It brings pleasure, protection and emotional support. Even after our sight weakens and hearing fades, this sense usually stays with us. Director [...]

/ 02/24/2012 1:42 AM

HK Film Festival 2012 includes 4 doc films in its competition

On 23 February, HKIFFS revealed the official selection of the 36th HK International Film Festival. Among the many films, 11 are doc films, including 4 in the competition. Documentary competition . Hometown Boy (金城小子) For this documentary project, director and cinematographer Yao Hung-i (姚宏易), a Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) protege, follows Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong (劉小東) as he takes a trip back [...]

/ 02/19/2012 11:48 PM

Nuclear Nation, the Fukushima Refugees story (released doc)

A documentary about the exile of Futaba’s residents, the region housing the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The day after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011, Futaba locals heard the hydrogen explosion at Reactor Number 1 and were showered with nuclear fallout. In response, the Japanese government designated the whole town as an “exclusion zone” and 1,400 [...]

/ 02/09/2012 5:30 PM

6 doc projects will be presented at Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum 2012

For the first time since its creation, in 2007, the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum will open its platform to the documentary. Among the 32 film projects which have been selected, 6 are documentaries from 10  countries (Armenia, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Slovakia, UK, Thaland). . Elephant Soldiers (Armenia) Directors: Vardan HOVHANNISYAN, Inna SAHAKYAN Producers: [...]

/ 02/09/2012 12:12 AM

TVF International sells arts, history and environment docs in Asia

UK factual distributor TVF International has sold several docs to the Far East (South Korea, Japan). . South Korea’s newly launched Channel A will air two BBC documentaries on beauty in art “What is Beauty” (pictured) and “Ugly Beauty” (both 1×52′) . Discovery Asia has picked up Skyworks’ 23-part natural history series“The World From Above”. . Japanese pubcaster NHK has bought [...]

/ 02/07/2012 11:57 PM

8 Asian docs invited to Paris by Cinema du Réel 2012

Eight Asian films (including 4 shorts) have been selected for the 2012 edition of the Cinéma du Réel documentary festival at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France (22 Mar — 3 Apr 2012). Among its 8 films, the international competition section includes the world premiere of Pathway 道路 (China, 113’, 2011), by China’s XU Xin 徐辛. The film was supposed to [...]