Friends & Neighbors: Japan (2020)

Runtime: 75 min. | Recommended Ages: 9+
Say konichiwa (hello!) to our 2020 Friends & Neighbors. Celebrate Japan’s rich film and cultural history in a breathtaking range of styles: the hand-drawn artistry of master animator and NYICFF alum Koji Yamamura’s world premiere, Dreams into Drawing, the stop-motion nod to traditional Japanese puppetry in Gon, the Little Fox, and the manga-style zaps, zings, and pows of Onomatopoeia Rap, and more. This program is supported by:

Shorts in this lineup:


Gon, the Little Fox

Japan | East Coast Premiere
Animation, Takeshi Yashiro, 2019, 28 min.
In Japanese, with English subtitles

Dreams into Drawing

Japan | World Premiere
Animation, Koji Yamamura, 2019, 10 min.
In English

Japanese Gestures (Japangle: Stylized Movement)

Japan | Theatrical Premiere
Live Action, Kai Sasaki, 2018, 2 min.
In English

Onomatopoeia Rap (Japangle: Manga)

Japan | Theatrical Premiere
Live Action, Yuriko Tomita, 2019, 2 min.
In English and Japanese

Japangle: Public Restrooms

Japan | Theatrical Premiere
Animation, Live Action, Hiroki Mitsui & Yuriko Tomita, 2017, 20 min.

Rice Ball/Bowl Song (Japangle: Rice)

Japan | Theatrical Premiere
Live Action, Yui Kajiura, 2019, 2 min.
In English

Konigiri-Kun: Butterfly

Japan | East Coast Premiere
Animation, Mari Miyazawa, 2018, 5 min.
No dialogue

Om Nom Nom…

Japan | North American Premiere
Animation, Minato Matsuda, Haruna Ueno, Tomoko Taiga, 2019, 3 min.
No dialogue

ShalaBonBon

Japan | World Premiere
Animation, Yoko Yuki, 2019, 2 min.
In Japanese, with English subtitles