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It’s not easy for anyone to make indie films in Japan. Audiences, venues and funds are all shrinking. And if you are not Japanese, you face additional barriers of language, culture and credibility. Even if your name is the only foreign one on the credits, many will consider your film not “really” Japanese, including those with the power to decide if it will live or die in the theaters or on the festival circuit.

One who has surmounted those barriers with extraordinary tenacity and artistry is Welshman John Williams.

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