Date of Birth: 27th June 1983
Film director, scenarist

Junichi Kanai started making documentaries and video works at University.
In 2007, his writing work “Courtship” won the Grand Prize for Screenplay at Isama Studio Cinema Festival. Later, “New Directions in Japanese Cinema Project” chose Kanai to make his first 35 mm short film “PEDAL”. Dubai Film Festival selected this film for Asia African Short Film Competition. In 2012, his short film “Transferring” won the Best National Short and Best Director at SAPPORO SHORT FEST 2012, and it also won the SONJE AWARD Special Mention at BUSAN International Film Festival 2012.
Kanai’s first feature “Again”(2013) was nominated for the BUSAN International Film Festival in New Currents competition, also it won the Audience Award at 20th FICA Vesoul Awards 2014 (France).

Feature
◆Choki (2016)
◆Sayonara, dear (2014)
◆Again (2013)
◆Courtship (2008)

Short Film
◆Cycle-Cycle (2017)
◆Transferring (2012)
◆PEDAL (2009)

TV Drama Series
◆Also come Machiko, I've got a lot of love | Mata kite MACHIKO no, Koi a mou Takusan yo (tvk・GYAO / 2018)
◆Joyu Ochi (BS Asahi / 2016)
◆Weak man (BS11 / 2014)
◆The lobsters (Hulu / 2014)

TV Commercial
◆Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation [A watch] [Heart assets] [The listing] (2018)
◆Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma [The determination] (2015)
◆Panasonic Strada [The family dream] (2015)
◆LOTTE TOPPO [Only two voices] (2015)
◆Kadokawa Shoten [Joyu Ochi] (2014)

Music Video
◆Pantyaca in March [Listening to the voice of the wind]
◆Dflat [Beyond the horizon]
◆Yuichi Ohata [On the day when I heard the voice of the wind]
◆Prizmax [Ready]
◆SECRET GUYZ [Su Ha man] [My Monster Lovely] [HUG × HUG]

Award
◆B3 Biennial of the Moving Image | Best Short film
◆OSAKA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 | Hosen Award for Short film
◆Isama Studio Cinema Festival 2007 | Grand Prize for Screenplay
◆SAPPORO SHORT FEST 2012 | Best National Short and Best Director
◆BUSAN International Film Festival 2012 | SONJE AWARD Special Mention
◆FICA Vesoul Awards 2014 | Audience Award

 

 
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