Project Documentary Film
Project documentary films are 5 to 30 minutes short documentaries that follow the individual challenges people face and their steps along the way. These films rather focus on the background stories and processes than explain the project’s contents.
氷の農夫たち -ice farmers-
Tokujiro IV and his buddies grow the natural ice. They fill ponds with the natural water from the Nikko mountain range and let it develop into ice only by taking advantage of winter coldness.
Why does he still use traditional technics to make natural ice? This short documentary tells a story about Tokujiro, who calls himself an ice farmer, and his belief.
-Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market 2019 Japan Panorama
-Greenwich Village Film Festival 2019
-TWO SHORT NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2019
-Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival 2019
-ARFF Amsterdam // International Awards 2020
-11th Annual New York City Indpendent Film Festival
MATSURI - The Organizational Dynamics
In Kanuma City, Japan, people have held an annual fall festival for 400 years. What makes people, who are different in age or job, come together and continue the tradition? This documentary casts a spotlight on the changing relationship among the festival participants and their hidden efforts to maintain their community.
TEZUTSU -fire flower town-
Men in this town have made and ignited cylinders packed with fireworks for a few hundred years. Every year, even today, 18-year-olds to much older get together and work with fireworks for the Gion festival. In one year, we closely followed the town men from their preparation process to the very day of the festival and saw how their bond deepened through fireworks.
-Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2018 Official Selection
-Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market 2018 Official Selection
-Greenwich Village Film Festival 2017 Best Short Documentary
-Short. Sweet. Film Fest 2019 International Selection
-International Digital Film Festival Kinofest 2018 Screened Film
・Teatri di Vita “Cuore di Tokyo”
・YoFi Micro Fest 2019 / 7th Annual Yo Fi Fest Film Festival
・cellu l’art Short Film Festival Jena
Tobitate! (Leap for Tomorrow) Study Abroad Initiative Documentary
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) runs a series of campaigns that encourage young people to study abroad. As a part of its promotion, we followed two high-school students who applied for a MEXT’s program, and made two videos in close non-fictional style (one male student who studied in Dominican Republic and one female student in England). The films are playing on the ministry’s website and at its events.
PR agent: SUNNY SIDE UP Inc. Production: Kuromaku Co., Ltd.
Higa's Traveling Kitchen
This is a story of Chef Yasuhiro Higa who doesn’t own a fixed restaurant. He travels all over Japan, cook the local ingredients in season, and serve dishes right there. One day, he chooses the Restaurant Bus as a place to cook for his customers.
Due to the modern food industry structure, there exists a widening distance between the areas of production and consumption. How is it possible to let people know the backgrounds and stories about food? What should be done to pass down unique food cultures of each areas which have been fostered over the long years?
Higa’s challenge has just started.
- Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival 2019 Official Selection
The Village with Healthy and Long Life People
A documentary on three elderlies who live in the Takayama longevity village in Nagano prefecture. Through the eyes of people living in harmony with the beautiful nature, it uncovers what’s behind their long life.
This 30 minutes short film was broadcasted on Channel4K and the nationwide cable TV network, then later in Taiwan and Italy.
- The Age of Regionalism Video Festival 2015 Recommended Award in Cable TV category
-4K Tokushima Movie Festival 2015 4K Movie Award