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Chicago Japan Film Festival New Year’s Screening : Young Filmmakers Series | Feb. 10th – 13th, 2022

Chicago Japan Film Festival New Year’s Screening 

Young Filmmakers Series | Feb. 10th – 13th, 2022

Chicago, IL- The Chicago Japanese Film Collective (CJFC), the first Japanese film festival in the U.S. Midwest, will hold a virtual New Year’s screening featuring young Japanese filmmakers. Organized by the CJFC Executive Committee (founder SAKAMOTO Yuki (President of Coyote Sun Productions) and co-founder KONO Hiroshi (President of Mar Creation)), the four-day screening event is held in advance of CJFC’s May 2022 festival and will take place from February 10th to 13th.

The event introduces BACK TO THAT DAY, the commercial debut of MAEDA Seira, a 25-year-old director and former child actor, as well as TSUJIURA RENBO by ONO Daisuke, whose directorial debut, at age 28, won several awards. The screening marks the international premieres for both films.

The Chicago Japan Film Collective introduces the best in contemporary Japanese films that would otherwise be inaccessible to Midwestern and US audiences. The 2022 CJFC festival will be held from May 20th to 31st, 2022.


Thursday, February 10th, 0:00 to Sunday, February 13th, 23:59 (Central Time, USA)

+ Available virtually nationwide

+ Film Festival Platform: Eventive CJFC Site

+ Ticket: Free

+ CJFC Website:



Feature | Drama, Family, Theater | Japan | 2021 | 94 min. | International Premiere 

Manami helps out at her family’s beauty salon and runs the unsuccessful “50% Theater Company.” One night, after missing a call from Nao, her sister, Manami discovers that Nao died that very night. After getting into a conflict with her mother, Manami and a friend set out for Tokyo in order to collect Nao’s things. There, through encounters and reunions with various people, Manami finally comes to face with herself.


Feature | Drama, Music | Japan | 2021 | 111 min. | International Premiere 

Emi, a singer-songwriter left behind by the times, and her manager Shinta, have to deal with the idol business, FM radio assault, rent arrears, caring for elder agents, weddings, funerals, social network literacy, and part-time work shifts. Amidst a mountain of problems, the two meet various people and begin to wander down their own paths. 



Born in Tokyo in 1996, she worked as a child actor in dramas, movies, stage shows, and talk shows until the age of 20. After entering university, she made her debut as a film director. The film, Itsuka kagayaite ita kanojo wa was exhibited at MOOSIC LAB 2018, and opened at UPLINK Shibuya and Kichijoji. Her talent has been highly praised by famous directors such as FUAKDA Koji and MOTOHIRO Katsuyuki. This film is her commercial directorial debut.


Born in Chiba in 1988, Daisuke graduated from The Film School of Tokyo in the narrative program. His first film, Sainara, BAD SAMURAI (2016) won the Grand Prix at the Kanazawa Film Festival. His second film, Wolf na Sissy (2005) won the Grand Prix and Best Actor at the 18th TAMA NEW WAVE. The following web drama “Astral Abnormal Suzuki-san” starring MATSUMOTO Honoka was released as a director’s cut theatrical version due to its popularity.

Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of while continuing his work for Japan.


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