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.


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House of Desires / ある遊廓の記憶

Photo book

A photobook about an abandoned brothel in Osaka, Japan.

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House of Desires / ある遊廓の記憶

It was built in 1929, in the red-light district called Tobita Yukaku, in Osaka. After the full enforcement of the Anti-Prostitution Act of 1958, it continued its sex business under the guise of a restaurant called Masumi. (After 1958 Tobita Yukaku changed its name to Tobita Shinchi; they still provide sex services even now.) After closing its business in the latter half of the 1990’s, it has been left empty. It is dilapidated after being abandoned and exposed to the ravages of time. It can be torn down any moment.
WEBSITE:
https://kawazu-projects.com/en/home
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Munchies – Food by VICE

Short Documentary

Munchies : Hamasaku’s Sushi Chef Celebrates his Birthday in LA

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Munchies – Food by VICE

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a Chef's Night Out? In this episode, Hamasaku's sushi chef Yoya Takahashi celebrates his 45th birthday with a night out in Los Angeles that includes friends, drinks, food, and more drinks. Yoya and friends first head to Kappo-style eatery Shibumi for highballs and an array of traditional Japanese bites (and also some deep fried cannabis leaves for good measure). The crew then hits Sumo Dog for bacon banh mi hotdogs and Frank 'n Hank, the bar next door, for lots of mezcal. Yoya and friends then head back to Hamasaku for a surprise birthday party and some late-night ramen making.
WEBSITE:
https://www.vice.com/en_us/section/food
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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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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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“FINE LINES” by LOVESKILLS

Music Video

Music Video for Loveskills’ new song “Fine Lines”

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“FINE LINES” by LOVESKILLS

There are so many divergent influences manifested in Loveskills "Fine Lines" that we don't even know where to begin: lush indie-rock, pop sensibilities, some latent house vibes, and a whole lotta breakbeat samples come together to make this track a really unique proposition.
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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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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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