YOSHITO SEINO

Chief Editor 

JAPAN

 I was born in Iwate where is a northern prefecture of Tohoku and moved to Osaka for an academic life. I am a graduate from a graduate school of law and politics, specialized in international law course at Kwansei Gakuin University. I trained journalism in the daily newspaper and now am working as a contributor on Japanese entertainment magazines. 


JASON MAHER 

Review Editor

UNITED KINGDOM

I am a graduate from the Creative and Professional Writing Course at the University of South Wales, UK. I write for magazines and websites as a critic news and features writer and specialises in East Asian cinema. 


MATTHEW MICHAUD

Editor / Writer 

CANADA

My introduction to film started when my family moved to a small settlement in the interior of British Columbia. I found myself the child of country store proprietors with walls stacked high of VHS cassettes at my disposal. I indulged myself watching such 90's classics as Ace VenturaBenny & Joon, and No Escape. It wasn't until my undergrad, that I became immersed in the French New Wave, Film Noir, and directors such as, Akira Kurosawa, Takashi Miike, and Hayao Miyazaki. I now teach English at a Japanese university, where I share my passion for movies and media by using film analysis, Pecha Kucha, and script writing in my lessons. 


FAUSTO VERNAZZANI

Writer

ITALY

An Italian with European ambitions, I have been living with the influence of cinema without knowing it until I discovered how wonderful world have been to embrace it as an addiction. Big budget movies, indie films, my passion for the film world has grown with both Western and Eastern productions, but Asian cinema has been the one to dig the love for the seventh art out of me. From Akira Kurosawa and Kenji Mizoguchi era to the times of Sion Sono and Yoshihiro Nakamura, Japanese cinema has been an inspiration in either my life behind the camera as well as screen, leading me to write for several magazines in Italy and outside of it, especially Eastern Kicks. 


FRANCECA FICHERA

Writer

ITALY

I grew up in Naples, Italy, reading a lot of manga and watching Akira Kurosawa's films. At the start of high-school where I focused studies on humanistic disciplines, my passion for cinema was clearly concretized - The next step was bachelor degree in Music, Visual and performing Arts, with a special regard to History and Critic of Cinema where was the heart of my thesis. Now I am learning in Public and Social Communication in order to get cinematic knowledge literally with different point of view.


DANIEL KNIGHTON 

Writer

THE UNITED STATE OF AMERICA

I grew up in the Washington, DC. Metro area. My mom and dad took me to the movies a lot when I was younger but as they were divorced the viewing experience were different. I liked to get my mom to take me to see the big budget blockbuster, I just saw with my dad to see how her impression of the movie, and the overall experience, compared. I was also dazzled by the alternate worlds on the screen where the white house get blown up by a spaceship or the highway by my house gets hit by a tidal wave. When I was older, the Taiwanese film Goodbye Drago Inn pried open my eyes to the alternative, more surreal world film can make, not following the boring story chart methods I was taught in school. Taking a linking for foreign and art films, especially Asian films, I desired to travel. I studied Asian studies with film and Japanese minors at Old Dominion University. In college I traveled to Japan and China, searching for the worlds that inspired some of my favorite movies, then after college doing the same working in South Korea. After moving to New York City, I was inspired by the professional artist as much as I was disheartened by the culture that won't budge. The only way to keep matters in my own hands was to keep traveling. Now I live in Tokyo.


Three bears theory 

Design Team

UNITED KINGDOM / THE NETHERLANDS

Three Bears Theory is a graphic animation studio that communicates with design, illustration and animation. The design director, Maxwell A. Davis has previously worked with many advertising agency including TBWA/London and he has been is lucky to have worked with many brands - Google, Audi, Lenovo and more. The communication design philosophy of Maxwell and how is studio approach the work is simple, "maximum meaning, minimal means", as the famous British graphic designer Abram Games once said.


CONTRIBUTORS

SHIZUKA KIN

NATSUMI SHIROKO 

KENTA KATO

MGP 

RUDY VAN OS 

KEITA JIMMY HARA 

RYKART KOSAKA 

HANA SATO 

HYMN WONG 

SHIGEFUMI GOTO 

KAZUKI GOTO 

 

 

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