Kōji Fukada

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Kōji Fukada
Fukada Koji from "Harmonium" at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016 (32799558474).jpg
Kōji Fukada in 2016
Born1980 (age 40–41)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

Kōji Fukada (深田 晃司, Fukada Kōji, born 1980, in Koganei, Tokyo) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter.

Career[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Fukada had a father who was a film aficionado and he watched many films on VHS when he was young.[1][2] It was when he was 19 years old studying at Taisho University and discovered the Film School of Tokyo that he began taking evening classes in filmmaking. One of his teachers was Kiyoshi Kurosawa.[1][2][3] He made his first feature length film, The Chair, in 2002.[4] He joined the Seinendan theater troupe, headed by Oriza Hirata, in 2005, and has often used their work and their actors in his films.[1][2]

Influences[edit]

Fukada has said that he was strongly influenced by the films of Eric Rohmer, particularly The Green Ray,[1] and was inspired to become a filmmaker after seeing Children of Paradise and The Spirit of the Beehive.[2]

Awards[edit]

His film Hospitalité won the Best Picture Award in the Japanese Eyes competition of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2010.[5] Au Revoir L'Été won the grand prize and the prize of the young jury at the Three Continents Festival in 2013.[6] And his 2016 film Harmonium won the Prix du Jury in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]

Writings[edit]

"Ozu Yasujiro to Kazoku no Koei" in Ozu Yasujiro Taizen (The Complete Book of Ozu Yasujiro) by Matsuura Kanji and Miyamoto Akiko (Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc. 2019) ISBN 9784022515995[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lee, Edmund (12 April 2017). "Koji Fukada on graduating from theatre to become a Cannes winner". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Japanese winner of Cannes Jury Prize directs movies based on theater experience". Mainichi Daily News. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ Marx, René (11 May 2017). "Critique ESRA Sayonara de Kôji Fukada". Avant-Scène Cinéma (in French). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  4. ^ Domenach, Elise. "« Memento mori ». Entretien avec Koji Fukada à propos de Sayonara". Esprit (in French). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  5. ^ "23rd TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL List of Winners". Tokyo International Film Festival. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  6. ^ "LES TROIS CONTINENTS 2013 : le palmarès". Accréds (in French). 25 November 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Cannes Interview: Kôji Fukada". Film Comment. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  8. ^ "小津安二郎大全 = OZU".

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