Interview with Koji Fukada

Mid-November 2014, director Koji Fukada was attending a film festival in Paris dedicated to post-Fukushima Japan(ese cinema), to present his latest feature-film to date — Au Revoir l’ete — as well as talking about the state of Japan, and of course, of the Japanese film industry. We had an opportunity to quickly chat with the man, hope you enjoy!

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