Keisuke IMAMURA 今村圭佑

燕 Yan

Nippon Visions   ½ 

In the sensitive directorial debut of cinematographer Keisuke IMAMURA, young Japanese architect Tsubame has to face his family history: His Taiwanese mother took his brother Ryushin back to her home country during their childhood. In order to follow the last wish of his father, Tsubame hesitantly travels to Taiwan for the first time to see Ryushin again after more than 20 years. The breathless handheld camera explores his present between the cultures, whereas memories of the past with his mother shine in a warm, tender light. Neither in Japanese nor in Chinese can the grown-up brothers express all their feelings. In the end, images release the deepest emotions.


Tue, 09. June 2020

Sun, 14. June 2020

Vimeo on Demand

European premiere

, Original with English subtitles

Territories: Europe

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Drama Family

燕 Yan

Japan 2019

86 minutes




Office Shirous

Director's Bio

Keisuke IMAMURA was born in Toyama Prefecture in 1988 and studied at Nihon University's Department of Fine Arts. After graduation, he shot many commercials, among them spots for Google, Canon, and Microsoft. As a cinematographer, he has been involved in several films, including THE JOURNALIST by Michihito FUJII (2019 / NC ’20). YAN (2019 / NC ’20) is his feature-length directorial debut.

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