RETSU MOTOYOSHI

Film Director


Retsu Motoyoshi is an award winning filmmaker based in NY. He studied film directing at the School of Visual Arts in NY, where he made a couple of narrative and documentary films, with focuses on the interpersonal relations against the background of the present society and the culture. His film “the day, the summer” was screened at the NEW FILMMAKERS and the Williamsburg International Film Festival, and his documentary “The Changing Tradition”, thematically related to “the day, the summer”, was given the best short documentary award at the NY EURASIAN FILM FESTIVAL. In 2012, he joined the producing team for the sequel of the award winning feature documentary “Herb & Dorothy 50X50”, which was widely distributed and well received in the US and Japan. Retsu is currently developing his new narrative film “Dirty Cloth”.


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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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Rise of Ego

Music Video

Music Video for the experimental dance performance group ARis.

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Rise of Ego

Music Video for the experimental dance performance group ARis.
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3 Years Past

Feature Documentary

A documentary film about a group of teenagers who have spent all of their high school years in Fukushima.

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3 Years Past

"3 Years Past" is a documentary film about a group of teenagers who have spent all of their high school years in Fukushima. Their anticipated graduation from Junior High and entry into Senior High School was suddenly disrupted by an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident three years ago. Some of them were forced to evacuate from their homes, transferred to safer locations within Fukushima prefecture, or their entire family decided to move to another area within Japan.
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“Sweet Dreams” by Flutronix

Music Video

“Sweet Dreams,” by Eurythmics, arranged and performed by Flutronix.
From the album, “2.0” . Flutronix Records

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“Sweet Dreams” by Flutronix

"Sweet Dreams," by Eurythmics, arranged and performed by Flutronix.
From the album, "2.0" released April 8, 2014.
Directed by Jun Oshima
Flutronix Records
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Monday Michiru “Brazilified”

Short Documentary

A short documentary on Monday Michiru’s new album production session. Monday has a long career both in Japan and NY.

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Monday Michiru “Brazilified”

A short documentary on Monday Michiru’s new album production session featuring her producer/composer Simone Giuliani at Bass Hit Studios. Monday has a long career both in Japan and NY. This project is going to be a feature documentary and TV documentary, and still in a production. It will be completed in 2015.
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Herb & Dorothy 50X50

Feature Documentary

The follow-up film of the  award winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY(2008). The film captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to he nation.

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Herb & Dorothy 50X50

Developed as the follow-up film to award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY (2008) , HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states.
WEBSITE:
http://herbanddorothy.com/
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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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