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THE MAKING OF A JAPANESE

Ema Ryan Yamazaki
JP US FI FR 2023    52' 99'
⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Kids & Youth 

Synopsis

What are the traits necessary to become part of Japanese society? Following 1st and 6th graders at a public elementary school in Tokyo for a year, we observe a school system that might differ from other countries. Alongside studying, the kids learn about self-discipline, community spirit and good manners. The fine balance between individualism and being respectful towards others is tested on a daily basis. THE MAKING OF A JAPANESE elevates the important childhood years and is a fascinating watch about the big dramas of everyday life. 

Credits

Director

Ema Ryan Yamazaki

Producer

Eric Nyari

Co-Producers

Outi Rousu, Luc Martin-Gousset

Executive Producers

Shin Yasuda, Akihiko Sugie

Production Company

Cineric Creative

Co-Production Companies

NHK, Pystymetsa, Point du Jour

Cinematography

Kazuki Kakurai

Additional Cinematography

John Donica

Editor

Ema Ryan Yamazaki

Co-Editors

Mariko Ide, Mizuki Toriya

Music 

Paivi Takala

Sound 

Andrew Tracy

Film Details

Runtime 52' 99'
Production Countries Japan, USA, Finland, France

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