RETSU MOTOYOSHI

Film Director


Retsu Motoyoshi is an award winning filmmaker based in New York. After graduating college in Japan, he moved to New York to study filmmaking, where he made a number of short films. His short film “the day, the summer” was shown at numerous international film festival, and his first documentary work “the changing tradition” won the Best Short Documentary award at the NY Eurasian Film Festival. His short film “Dirty Clothes” was shown in Cannes Short Film Corner in 2017. Beside films, Retsu has made various short documentaries about political and cultural issues of America in collaboration with Japanese news media.


CREDIT: Directing

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Gun Owners in America

Short Documentary

A short documentary about American gun control issue. Working with Japanese magazine, NIKKEI BP, we visited Las Vegas, Detroit, Charlotte and Parkland.

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Gun Owners in America

A short documentary about American gun control issue. Working with Japanese magazine, NIKKEI BP, we visited Las Vegas, Detroit and Charlotte to talk with pro-gun people. The documentary addresses the Second Amendment, Open Carry License, NICS system and Gun Free Zone. During the production the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting happened, and we visited the school a week after the tragedy.
WEBSITE:
http://business.nikkeibp.co.jp/atcl/report/16/030600209/030600001/
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DIRTY CLOTHES

Narrative Short

Dirty Cloth is a short film about a couple escaping from a disaster. When a disaster hits the city Lisa and Bradley live in, they go on the road to find a place to stay.


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DIRTY CLOTHES

Dirty Cloth is a short film about a couple escaping from a disaster. When a disaster hits the city Lisa and Bradley live in, they go on the road to find a place to stay. On the way, they realize they’re in different states of mind. Although they love each other, the uncertainty of their future divides them. Lisa wants to disappear from the world, Bradley tries to keep her with him.
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Changing Tradition

Short Documentary

Award winning short documentary about a small town which is famous for producing one of the most traditional and high-quality fabrics and Kimonos.

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Changing Tradition

A city called YUKI, 50miles away from Tokyo, which is famous for producing one of the most traditional and high-quality fabrics and Kimonos. Since Japanese culture has been changed drastically, people don’t wear them as before. The film is about the workers and the changes to their industry.
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the day, the summer

Narrative Short

A story of twenty-nine years old girl, Nao, who is working there as a weaver, lives repetitive life and accepts her uneventful life with a sort of resignation. One day she decides to visit her old friend to reassure where she stands.

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the day, the summer

Nao, a great weaver in a small town in Japan wants to escape from her monotonous life, and decides to visit Mayu, a friend from her high school. She brings a musical note that they composed before, and wants to play with Mayu, but Mayu tells her that she doesn’t remember the note.
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