Film director Hirokazu Kore-eda fears that Japan’s underfunded, inward-looking cinema industry is putting off young talent, so he’s taken matters into his own hands by mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers for a new Netflix series. Photo: AFP
Film director Hirokazu Kore-eda fears that Japan’s underfunded, inward-looking cinema industry is putting off young talent, so he’s taken matters into his own hands by mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers for a new Netflix series. Photo: AFP

‘Resigned to reality’: the Japanese filmmakers who need a second job to make a living, and the Palme d’Or winner determined to improve their lot

  • Japan has watched South Korea become a global TV and movie powerhouse while its own film industry has ‘looked inwards’, Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda says
  • He joined young filmmakers on a Netflix series in Japan, none of whom see the job as giving them a living. ‘Our filmmaking environment must change,’ he says

Film director Hirokazu Kore-eda fears that Japan’s underfunded, inward-looking cinema industry is putting off young talent, so he’s taken matters into his own hands by mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers for a new Netflix series. Photo: AFP
Film director Hirokazu Kore-eda fears that Japan’s underfunded, inward-looking cinema industry is putting off young talent, so he’s taken matters into his own hands by mentoring up-and-coming filmmakers for a new Netflix series. Photo: AFP
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