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

Acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda fears that Japan’s underfunded and inward-looking film industry is holding young talent back, so he’s taking matters into his own hands by mentoring filmmakers emerging for a new Netflix series.

Kore-eda, whose 2018 film “Shoplifters” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, says complacent attitudes and poor working conditions are holding back Japan in film and television, while his neighboring South Korea is advancing internationally.

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

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