Hirokazu Kore-eda calls on Japanese cinema to support young directors

Acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda fears Japan’s underfunded, inward-looking cinema industry is scaring off young talent, so he’s taken matters into his own hands by mentoring aspiring filmmakers for a new Netflix series.

Kore-eda, whose film Shoplifters won the 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or, says smug attitudes and poor working conditions are holding Japan back in cinema and television while its neighbor South Korea is making headway internationally.

“Our filmmaking environment needs to change,” he says in an interview, calling for an end to the low pay, long hours and insecurity faced by those trying to improve their skills.

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