On Wednesday, April 14th, pink lights went on to welcome the visitors to the
4th Nippon Connection Film Festival. From 14th - 18th April 2004, the
Nippon Connection Film Festival offered a unique
location to see, listen to and taste Japanese Culture in different locations
around Frankfurt. In its wild mixture of brand-new feature films and digital
productions from Japan with lectures, parties, exhibitions, performances and
workshops the festival is truly exceptional.
The more than 200 films presented a cross-section of contemporary
Japanese film and many of them are shown as German, European and
International premieres. Taking place in Frankfurt am Main/Germany on an
annual basis it draws an audience of more than 15.000 people. The festival
is organized on a non-profit basis and the guy taking your ticket and the
girl you buy your beer from are all working on as volunteers. The broad
spectrum of events, the size and the non-profit organization make Nippon
Connection unique throughout Europe and the largest Festival of its kind.
As soon as the festival opened its doors, hundreds of people started lining
up to get a ticket for the opening film: Takeshi Kitano's latest movie
Zatoichi. Before Zatoichi started the festival direction welcomed the
more than thirty Japanese guests, who had travelled to Frankfurt am
Main/Germany to present their films.
Star-director Yukihiko Tsutsumi, whose films 2LDK, Jam Films and Love
Collage were shown in the "Nippon Cinema" program, and producer Kunihiko
Tomioka, were interviewed on stage and as a special surprise one short
movie of the "Exchanging Tracks Project" was shown before people settled
in their seats to watch Zatoichi.