Friday, December 31, 2021

"Ushiku" included in Third Window Films' Top 10 Japanese films of 2021

Extremely honoured for "Ushiku" to be included in Third Window Films' Top 10 Japanese films of 2021 (LINK)!! Thank you, Third Window Films, for your support!

Monday, December 27, 2021

"Ushiku" to be released in Japanese cinemas in 2022!


BREAKING: the distributor 太秦株式会社 (Uzamasa) has just announced "Ushiku" will open in Tokyo’s イメージフォーラム (Image Forum) theatre on February 26 with a nationwide theatrical release to follow! 

I am in awe of the courage of the participants in the film who continue to speak out and share about their experiences in Japanese immigration detention. And I am extremely grateful to our team and supporters.




Friday, December 24, 2021

"Ushiku" selected as of the Japan Foundation's "Japanese Movies to Represent 2021"

The Japan Foundation's "The Japanese Film Festival (JFF)", a project to promote Japanese film around the world, has just released it's annual list "Japanese Movies to Represent 2021, Selected by 7 Experts from Around the World". I am extremely honoured for "Ushiku" to be selected by Nippon Connection Japanese Film Festival's Marion Klomfass where she wrote "One of the most important films this year for me was Ushiku by Thomas Ash".



JFF(Japanese Film Festival)は、国際交流基金が実施する海外への日本映画促進事業です。


Friday, December 17, 2021

"Ushiku" voted one of the 20 Best Japanese Movies of 2021

I am extremely honoured my new documentary "Ushiku" has been included in Asian Movie Pulse's annual lists of the "Best Japanese Movies" and "Best Asian Films"!

The 20 Best Japanese Movies of 2021 list can be found here:

The 25 Best Asian Films of 2021list can be found here:

Thursday, November 25, 2021

UK, France, Singapore and Germany screeings of "Ushiku"


Upcoming "Ushiku" (WEBSITE) screenings include the UK's Global Health Film Nov 28, the French Premier in Festival Fenêtressur le Japon, and the Southeast Asia Premier in Singapore International Film Festival - SGIFF Dec. 4! And the film can be seen online all this month in Germany's Nippon Connection - Japanese Film Festival Replay!


UK (Online) Global Health FF (Nov 28):
France (Live) Festival Fenêtressur le Japon (Dec 3):
Singapore (Live)Singapore Int FF (Dec 4):
Germany (Online) Nippon Connection Replay (until end of November):

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Three more film festival screenings of "Ushiku" announced!


More "Ushiku" screenings announced! Guam Premier in the Guam International Film Festival Nov 12, Global Health Film (UK) Nov 28, and Southeast Asia Premier in the Singapore International Film Festival Dec. 4!

Guam Int FF (Nov 12):
Global Health FF (Nov 28):
Singapore Int FF (Dec 4):



Wednesday, October 06, 2021

"Ushiku" receives Audience Award in Holland


I am extremely honoured "Ushiku" has received the Audience Award at the 2021 CAMERA JAPAN Festival in Holland! Thank you all of your support of the participants in the film. The festival announcement is below.
2021年10月、オランダ・ロッテルダム/アムステルダムで開催された日本映画祭カメラジャパンにて「観客賞」 受賞されました。
( カメラジャパンから受賞のメッセージが届きました。下記)
The 2021 edition of CAMERA JAPAN has now wrapped up. A big arigato for all your support!
Today we are pleased to announce the winner of the 2021 Audience Award. After counting all the votes in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Ushiku stays at the top of the rankings. Congratulations to director Thomas ASH.

To make this important documentary, ASH used a hidden camera to interview inmates at the Ushiku immigration centre near Tokyo about their treatment and Japan’s uncompromising refugee policy on the eve of the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are particularly pleased to find that CAMERA JAPAN audiences enjoy and appreciate the variety of films our programmers pick out for the festival.
応援してくださった皆様のご支援に対し、”A BIG ARIGATOU (アリガトウ)”、大きな感謝を申し上げます。