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Japan in a Day

A moving, eloquent commemoration of 2011's Great East Japan Earthquake.

Japan in a Day
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  • Director Philip Martin and Gaku Narita
  • Producer Liza Marshall
  • UK-Japan 2012
  • 91 mins
  • Production Company Scott Free London
  • Sales Zodiak Rights

Sunday 11 March 2012 marked the first anniversary of the catastrophic Great East Japan Earthquake. The most powerful earthquake ever to strike Japan caused immeasurable damage not only to the stricken areas, but also to the nation as a whole. To commemorate the tragedy, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Fuji TV collaborated on a project inspired by Kevin McDonald’s Life in a Day, asking people across Japan to pick up a camera and capture something about their day. What shines through are the thoughts, feelings and hopes that the remembrance of this terrible event inspired. Japanese director Gaku Narita, along with British director Philip Martin and editor Kristina Hetherington, fashioned this moving, eloquent testament from more than 8000 films shot by contributors from 12 different countries and uploaded onto YouTube. 

Our 10am screening on Saturday 20 October will cross to a live Q&A with some of the film’s many contributors to coincide with the World Premiere at Tokyo International Film Festival.

Director biographies

Philip Martin

Emmy and BAFTA award-winning director Philip Martin was born in Beirut and lives in London. He worked as a music journalist before a career as documentary filmmaker, directing many acclaimed films for the BBC and Channel 4. A collaboration with Professor Stephen Hawking on cosmology for the BBC led in turn to the award-winning drama Hawking.

Martin has directed many other dramas, including Prime Suspect: The Final Act, with Helen Mirren, Wallander with Kenneth Branagh and multi-BAFTA award-winning Mo for Channel 4. He most recently directed the Working Title production of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong for the BBC, which won a BAFTA and gained 5 nominations.

Gaku Narita

Gaku Narita is currently one of the leading directors of the Fuji TV Drama Department where he has been working for the past 10 years. His sense in pictures is highly recognised in the Japanese entertainment Industry.

His recent work TOKYO Control was nominated to the International 3D Award 2011 and received the CREATIVE AWARDS. It was also nominated to the 2012 New York Festivals Awards and the Asian Television Awards 2011. Some of the other works Narita has directed include Operation Love and Tokyo Dogs. He is currently the in-house leading director of Lucky Seven.

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