The Films of Tetsuya Mariko

The Films of Tetsuya Mariko

Tetsuya Mariko-Director & Eisei Shu-Producer

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

3:00-5:00PM Short Films with Director Tetsuya Mariko and Producer Eisei Shu

Room 106, 212 York Street New Haven, CT 06511

The Far East Apartment

Director& Composition: Tetsuya Mariko

32min/ 2003

I live in an apartment with a rent of 10,000 yen, and in front of it, there is a newly built apartment where my family lives. I started video production with an 8mm camera in one hand, and I tried to go to Cambodia alone to try to shoot film against myself since I had nothing to point to the camera, but I received severe criticism from my family and challenged myself for more radical video production Go.

Mariko’s 30 Pirates

Director& Composition: Tetsuya Mariko

23min/ 2004

There is an old student hall on the university campus, and a new building is located across from it. I spend my time at the school building and I can’t get used to the new school building. I knew that my ancestors were pirates, and one day, I thought about them and jumped into the school building of the new building.

7:00PM-9:00PM Film Screening of Destruction Babies with Director Tetsuya Mariko and Producer Eisei Shu

Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium (53 Wall Street New Haven, CT 06511)


In Mitsuhama, where a small port town in the west of Ehime prefecture in Japan. Abandoned by their parents, the two brothers Taira (Yuya YAGIRA) and Shouta Ashiwara (Nijiro MURAKAMI) live in a shipyard by the sea. Taira often fights with students from a city nearby, but he disappears from the port town after being beaten up. Taira appears in Matsuyama, the largest city in the area and hangs around the downtown street looking for tough guys to fight with. Even if he gets battered and bruised, he never stops fighting. A young man fascinated by Taira, Yuya Kitahara (Masaki SUGA), persuades him to “have some fun” for Destruction. “Having some fun” means playing a knockout game, where you randomly hit people in the street. After making an uproar in the city, Taira and Yuya run away from Matsuyama stealing a car with a young woman Nana (Nana KOMATSU) inside. At the same time, Shouta too is heading toward the city to search for his brother.

Yuya YAGIRA 柳楽優弥 (Nobody Knows, Gasso, Unforgiven) Masaki SUDA 菅田将暉 (The Light Shines Only There , Girl in the Sunny Place, Backwater)
Nana KOMATSU 小松奈菜 (The world of Kanako, Silence, BAKUMAN)
Nijiro MURAKAMI 村上虹郎 (Still the Water)
Sosuke IKEMATSU 池松壮亮 (Pale Moon, Our Family)
Theatrical release in Japan: May 21, 2016

Born in Tokyo in 1981. When Tetsuya Mariko was a student of Hosei University, his short films entitled “The Far East Apartment” (2003) and another entitled “Mariko’s 30 Pirates” (2004) were evaluated at home and abroad. He won the Grand Prix at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival’ s Off-Theater Competition two times, and an award by the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (the oldest festival in the world for short films) etc. After that he studied film at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media. His graduation film “Yellow Kid” (2009) was premiered nationwide in Japan, which is very unusual for a student film. He received multiple awards for this film including: The Nikkan Sports Film Award at the Mainichi Film Awards, and the Best New Director Award from the Takasaki Film Festival and Japanese Professional Movie Awards. Through the mid-length films entitled “Ninifuni” (2011) and “Fun Fair” (2012), his second feature film “Destruction Babies”(2016) won the best emerging director prize at Locarno Film Festival, Silver Montgolfiere at the Festival des 3 Continents, 6 awards at Yokohama Film Festival, and many awards at different film festivals in and out of the country. His latest work is the third feature “MIYAMOTO”(2019).