For the first time in 2 years, the Cannes Film Festival returned to its usual "physical" format. Screened in competition was Hamaguchi Ryusuke's "Drive My Car." Based on a short story by Murakami Haruki, the film won the award for Best Screenplay. Following the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, this is Hamaguchi's second award this year. We also look at the world's largest festival on Japanese cinema, Nippon Connection, held in Frankfurt. We introduce this year's award winning films, and speak with the festival's program director. And our feature selections this time are the latest release by Yamada Yoji, "It's a Flickering Life," and "Gift of Fire" directed by Kurosaki Hiroshi.
[Navigator] Sarah Macdonald
John Williams (Film Director / Professor, Sophia University)