We aim to celebrate independent film and showcase the artistry and creativity of independent film makers. Strengthening the bonds between Japanese and foreign filmmakers is our greatest aspiration. We also strive to prioritize filmmakers by promoting them, their artistic expression and creativity
Inspired by the elegance, culture & refinement of bon dance and history, action & high energy of Ninjas, the essence of Bondance International Film Festival exemplifies the backbone of Japanese culture. Located at Hizenyumekaidou Ninja village, in Saga Japan, this festival is made possible by the community of Saga.
We showcase film categories such as Family friendly, Ninja, Drama and many more. We also have many lectures and film making workshops. Our films and guests are from Japan and abroad. All films shown will be subtitled in Japanese, English, or both.
Directed by Okado Takashi, Jon Cox
Takashi, came to study in his dream city Taiwan and found the fun, friendship and love which he had never discovered in Japan. However, time passes very quickly while he finds it very difficult to confess his feelings to the one he loves.
Directed By Nobuyuki Miyake
Abbas, an Arab immigrant, breaks into the room of Toyoshige, a Japanese old man, in the sudden wail of siren. Then Abbas holds down Toyoshige, and he storms out of the door, carrying Toyoshige piggyback. As they go down the stairs, the film reveals their day-to-day so far and shows their prejudices and misunderstandings.
Directed by Zhao Gang
A young man's life falls into chaos following the moment his beloved lighter gets broken. First his lover leaves him and then he loses his job. The youth desperately seeks a way to fix his lighter as a way to mend his ruined life, but in the process he ends up losing the lighter itself.
Directed By Elliot J. Spencer
“The Centreline” is the story of a Martial Art novice under economic and social pressure to abandon his dilapidated fishing village and move to a first-tier City. Set in Guangdong Province China, this unique and gritty experimental narrative is an exploration of one individual's expression of Martial Arts in a challenged and changing society. 《中心線》講述了一位武術新手在經濟和社會壓力下放棄在破舊漁村的生活搬到一線城市的故事。這部以中國廣東省的一個漁村為故事背景，講述了關於在商業驅動下和被破壞的社會中，主角在武術界的內部真實生存環境；影片呈現在這社會中，暴力行為被多數人關註的現象。 《中心線》完美的結合了小說、實驗、紀錄片、戲劇和武術幾個類型。 Runtime 6:28
Directed by Terje Henk
In every desert there is nothing until you get in and let your thoughts grow out from your head like hair. Not all chickens fit into the oven. Empty yourself through whirling and let your thoughts go.
Directed By Pegah Pasalar
As the viewer follows a joyful trip to the beach by a family with three young children, innocence and happiness give way to the unthinkable. While the day unfolds on-screen, the audience comes to realize, through subtle audiovisual cues, that a tragedy has occurred: one of the three children has drowned. Decisions are made in a state of shock, and the blurred lines between the rational and irrational interrupt and fragment the journey back home. The parents opt to bring their dead son back in the same car with the two other children pretending as if he is sleeping. Runtime 8:47
Directed by Martin Gerigk
"Haiku | 俳句" is a symphonic audiovisual project for two Japanese performers, alternating percussion groups, soundscapes and rhythmicized video sequences. The film is an experimental approach to pay tribute to the extraordinary art of Japanese haiku poetry. Runtime 17:17
Directed By Wisher Zhu
"There are things you may never use, but it's too late to look for it when you need it." - As the coronavirus sweeps the globe, an Asian man records his self-isolation process and silent reflections, while situated in two different parts of the world: Unlike those who are used to living in the light, enjoying their freedom of speech, those who are used to living in the shadows also wear masks and can't make a sound, but their inner voices and hopes speak even louder.
Directed by Xin Li
Walking in a snowy forest, a peasant sees an unusual deer and goes to follow it. The deer allures him and the peasant even wants to catch it. Runtime 5:00
Directed by Jamie Kassler
With her daily routine down to a science, a young woman's world gets thrown out of orbit by a glitch in the system.
The Love 愛 Project // Stories of love told without words
Directed by Nobuyoshi Suzuki
This work depicts the heavy subject and sin of having a dog.I would like many people to see my work, but especially those who have dogs, people who want to have dogs, and people who have had dogs before. 少年と犬の叙情詩。監督の実体験を基に、一人の少年と犬の出会いから別れの中で、犬を飼うことの重さと罪を描いたリアルな作品です。
Directed by Jessica Gomula-Kruzic
A modern day warrior uses a joyful wisdom to transform his martial arts training into a vehicle of purity, goodness, and beauty.
Directed by Maiko Hamasaki
→Mayumi, a high school student, eats lunch alone in a bathroom stall every day at lunchtime to avoid her classmates who make fun of her lunchbox prepared by her grandmother. Then, she realizes that someone else is also eating there. Grandmother’s lunchbox leads the girl to finding a new friend and a place where she can be herself. →高校生の田辺真由美は、祖母が作ってくれたお弁当をクラスメイトにけなされたため、トイレで一人お昼を食べていた。隣のトイレで同じくお昼を食べていた青木友香と顔は見えないが徐々に会話をするようになる。祖母のお弁当をきっかけに、本当の自分でいられる居場所、友人を見つけていく。
Directed by 山村もみ夫。
Directed by Naoto Mitake
A man comes back to his hometown in Japan and introduces his parents to his girlfriend, who is Malaysian muslim lady. He also confesses that getting married with muslim lady means he also needs to convert to be a muslim. 両親の実家に結婚相手を連れて戻ってきた息子。彼女はイスラム系の女性。動揺を隠せない父親に、彼女と結婚するということは自分も改宗をしないといけないと告げる。
Directed by Jake Cole
Jack Lear enlists in the United States Navy and is scheduled to report for an eight month deployment. Preparing for their new life together Jack and his longtime girlfriend April Howser have purchased a house in the California mountains and call it a home. The weekend before he ships out, the duo throw a party inviting their closest friends to visit them in their new place to spend some time with and say goodbye to Jack. The same thing is on everyone’s mind. Maybe tonight is the last chance they’ll get to say all the things they’ve ever wanted to say.
Directed by Michael Williams
A suspicious man silently trails behind a young woman. A red note is mysteriously left at the door. Secrets long buried return to haunt a family living in Tokyo. Runtime 14:44
Directed by Angeline Wu
What would you do if you were on borrowed time? This is a story where 2 different worlds intertwined to form a story about Salvation. One man’s wish (Jeff) is to find love, the other (Jane) is to try to feel alive again. Jeff has been told he only has 3 months to live due to brain cancer, instead of feeling sorry for himself he writes a bucket list so he can live the remaining days full of no regrets. Jane on the other hand is a despairing nurse who feels she can’t escape her daily trauma of being abused daily by her husband. Unwillingly knowing how their actions can help complete each other’s lives. In the end, what will survive--- Body or Soul?
Directed by Petra Terzi
In 1960 in the Greek Island of Rhodes, Elias, 38 years old, narrates to his 10 year old daughter Sofia, a story from World War II (1945), about the friendship and love that developed between him and a German soldier.
Directed by Darwin Reina
Someone is abducting and killing girls. But is this terrible crime is hiding something much worse? Sometimes what we must do for love, can kill us. That's the realization that Tim must come to if he is to stop Sven-Gunnar. Tim, a father and husband, is forced to commit the unspeakable in order to save his family; he must realize that the man holding his family hostage has done this before, if he is to stop them all becoming victims of SVEN- GUNNAR and prevent others falling victim to the same fate.
Directed by Lukas Kellner
Lighthunger. A typical symptom of patients, who suffer from LCA (Lebersche kongenitaler Amaurose), is being born with eyesight, but losing it bit by bit as they grow older. Laika has LCA. She has came to terms with her situation, she wants to stay inconspicuous, she lives alone and nobody knows her dark past. Nobody has seen her hidden strength. Nobody knows that she only seeks one thing: revenge.
Directed by DAIKI TANAKA
Directed By Jonny Lewis
During World War II, an Army colonel arrives at the home of Mrs. Ryan to deliver the wonderful news that only three of her sons are dead. The Army managed to save her fourth son, and the colonel wants a pat on the back for it. When Mrs. Ryan seems less than appreciative, he points out that she's seeing the glass half empty. Or, maybe 3/4 empty.
Directed By Jonny Lewis
A pentagon General receives a call from the president ordering a nuclear strike against SOUTH Korea. A Major questions the order. Does the president have dementia? Will a nation be obliterated? Watch and see!
Directed By Jonny Lewis
Six-year-old Joey wants to be a doctor when he grows up, but his parents explain that he has to be a soldier instead, and kill people. When Joey protests this dark future, they explain that we only kill people in other countries, and only the ones wearing uniforms. "What if they take the uniforms off?" Joey asks. Confused as to why he should grow up to kill people, Joey keeps asking more questions, as his parents doggedly explain the "logic" of war. When his father admits that it's very sad that so many innocent civilians also get killed, Joey asks, "So, it's *not* okay?" But his mother cheerily explains, "Of course it's okay--as long as we're *trying* to kill the ones with the uniforms. Will Joey's innocence prevail? Or will his parents' indoctrination finally wear him down?
Directed By Jonny Lewis
An Army officer arrives at Mrs. Cavanaugh's door to inform her that a new algorithm predicts that her son Eddie will die in battle. Not “did” die, but “will” die. Since Eddie just enlisted yesterday, she feels this is hardly fair. The officer reminds her that the possibility of death was mentioned in the recruitment contract: “Page 12, in the fine print, at the bottom.” Mrs. Cavanaugh persists until she finds out Eddie will die a hero. “Will he be getting any medals? We can put them with his football trophies!” And then it just gets weird. By the way, there really is such a thing as a “death gratuity” when a loved one dies in battle, and yes, it really is $100,000. This is a comedy. (No, really.)
Directed By Jonny Lewis
A young female recruit complains to the major that she doesn’t like the cadence they chant while marching. But her objections are not to the racist and dehumanizing aspects of it.
Directed By Martin Lloyd
A millennial couple struggle to repair their relationship damaged by a recurring dream of a mysterious woman whilst preparing for an important evening. Is the dream woman real and will the couple reconcile with one another?
Directed by Yurugu Matsumoto
Saki in her late twenties unexpectedly gets an incoming call from a pay phone. The caller is her father Sizuo, who lives apart from her. Reunited for the first time after a long time, they are both clumsy and two of a kind. A small night’s small story where their feelings intersect.
Directed by Shinobu Imao
Rina visits her ex-boyfriend, Hiroshi, at his apartment, where they lived together until recently. When they broke up, they once decided Hiroshi would take their cat, Eve. But now, Rina is to take the cat because Hiroshi says he has become allergic to cats. At one point, Eve runs away from the apartment, so now they must find the cat…. It’s a story of one day when a girl learns to grow to become a woman.
Directed by Alice Bédard
A young boy hears some noises at the end of the corridor. Seems like the tooth fairy came…
Directed by JILING
"She" bullied a transfer student who committed suicide. Cyber violence, public opinion and her guilt plague her with nightmares all day. In her dreams, she watches a violent video with girls wearing scary masks. They see every step leading to the transfer student's suicide. The masked girls question her and demand answers. They verbally abuse her for what she's done. ... The nightmare finally ends. When she thinks back she realizes that everything was so good before it happened, but unfortunately she can never change what has happened.
Directed by Ryotaro Nishi
A civil war broke out and one country was been divided into east and west by a huge wall. The internet is monitored and those trying to keep in touch with each other are executed. A man called "Messenger" illegally delivers message videos to loved ones seperated by the wall. Although he always tries to keep a low profile, he causes an incident that develops into a big movement involving the entire world.
ある国で内戦が起き、巨大な壁によって東西に分断された。 インターネットは監視され、 二国間で連絡を取り合おうとするものは処刑された。 そこで、メッセージ動画を違法で配達する「メッセンジャー」と呼ばれる男が現れた。 そんな男が起こしたある事件が世界を巻き込む大きな運動へと発展していく。
Directed by Keishi Suenaga
Sgt. Subaru Moritani is a Detective who is persuing the criminal who killed her father. Her father was also a Police Officer and he died on duty 10 years ago. Subaru waits for her best friend, Nanayo Ohmori at the bar that her father's former buddy Kenzo Deme opened after his retirement… 殉職した元刑事の父親を殺害した犯人を探す為、自分も刑事に為った森谷昴（片倉わき）。 10年目の命日を翌日に控え、父の嘗ての相棒・出目憲蔵（松田一三）がマスターを務めるバーで、昴は学生時代の親友・大森七夜（當山実佳）を待っていた……。
Directed by Hiroki Wakamatsu
People have been living in the underground society, "Utopia," built by their ancestors to protect them from outside contamination, believing the world is infected with hazardous air, water, and soil. Shou, a young member of Public Relations working under the political leader of Sector 32, serves as a propaganda artist making posters to spread the leader’s message. Although everything he has, job, home, and friends, is at risk, he remembers his lost mother’s words: “Keep dreaming. Your potential is limitless.”
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