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Nippon Connection


06. Jun 23 – 11. Jun 23



In 2023, Nippon Connection - the largest platform for Japanese cinema worldwide - will bring the Land of the Rising Sun to Hesse for the 23rd time.


The first highlights of the 23rd Nippon Connection Film Festival have already been confirmed: The spectrum ranges from current Japanese cinema films (Nippon Cinema) and documentaries in the Nippon Docs section to university and animation films (Nippon Visions, Nippon Animation). There are around 100 exciting short and feature-length films to discover - from current blockbusters and anime to independent and documentary films. The program includes the queer romantic drama »Egoist« (2022) by Daishi Matsunaga, the provocative dystopia »Plan 75« (2022) by Chie Hayakawa and the fast-paced relationship comedy »To The Supreme!« (2022) by Santa Yamagishi. A varied supporting program with workshops, concerts, lectures and exhibitions, as well as a great culinary offer invite you to experience Japan with all your senses. 

The complete program and tickets will be available on the festival homepage from May 12, 2023.


In cooperation with Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, the Frankfurt Naxoshalle and the Mal seh'n cinema, among others, are firmly established venues and partners. In addition to an extensive film program, workshops and concerts provide an opportunity to celebrate the Japanese way of living.

What began as a student project in 2000 became the world's largest festival for Japanese film under the direction of Marion Klomfaß. In 2013, the Japanese Foreign Minister honored the festival director for her services to German-Japanese cultural exchange.