Filmmaker Mayu Nakamura is a rarity in Japan’s film industry — completely self-made and fiercely independent. In 2006, she made her debut with “The Summer of Stickleback” starring Kengo Kora. She has a number of acclaimed documentaries under her belt, including “Alone in Fukushima” and “Watch Out For the Patriot! — Kunio Suzuki,” about the titular activist and politician. Her latest work is “Intimate Stranger,” a story about grief and isolation in pandemic-stricken Tokyo.

1. What did you learn from going to boarding school in London at 16? I learned early that when you change locations, you can change your identity.

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