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Kohei Ando


Kohei Ando


Film Director, Prof. at Waseda University

He is a film creator renowned for his subtle yet audacious picturesque styles, focusing mainly on the theme “transition of time”. He first enrolls in Tenjo-sajiki and then starts filming movies under late Shuji Terayama. He has received many awards throughout that period, such as: Thonon les Bains International Film Fetsival - Grand Prix, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen – Prize and etc. Moreover, his works are included in collections at major art museums and film libraries in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. On another note, he was one of the first pioneers to incorporate Hi-vision techniques in film making by converting it into 35mm film standards. Films representing this style include “ON THE FAR SIDE OF TWILIGHT” (1994), “Whispers of Vermeer” (1998) and many more. With these films, he has obtained much international acclaim: Hawaii International Film Festival - Silver Maile Award, International Electronic Film festival in Montreux - Grand Prize Astrolabium, Multi medium - Grand Prix, IECF Swiss Montreux - Lifetime Achievement Award, High Vision Award – Grand Prix and etc.
Tampere Film Festival held on March, 1996 did a special coverage on him, Shuji Terayama and Tezuka Osamu.
He has been invited by film festivals from all over the world to act as a jury member and appointed as a representative for the Cultural Affairs Agency in Japan.
His retrospective exhibitions have been held twice in Paris, once in 2001 and again in 2005.
He currently is a Professor at Waseda University and at the same time, an executive member of the Directors Guild of Japan.