Kids & Docs Jury Award for Best Feature Documentary Director
The Okura family has 650 years of history as performers of Japan’s traditional stage art, Kyogen. One winter, Motonari Okura and his son, Yasunari, head off to undertake training in an isolated mountain resort. Motonari is determined to get Yasunari accustomed to the strict regime which includes rehearsing and cleaning. Yasunari is hurt by his father’s severe attitude and almost gives up on training. One day, they are visited by an old friend and his granddaughter, Sakiko.
He was born in Yokohama in 1978. After graduating from Tama Art University in Tokyo, he worked as an associate director for Seiichi Motohashi, a documentary filmmaker known for "Nadja’s Village" and "Alexei and the Spring", the works about the people living in an area which was affected by the Chernobyl accident. He has been working as a director at Sakura Motion Picture Co., Ltd. since 2009. He has produced many works including TV programs, commercials, and promotional videos.