Giovanni’s Island



2014, Japan
102 min., col., language — Japanese

Director Mizuho Nishikubo
Scriptwriters Shigemichi Sugita, Yoshiki Sakurai
Camera Yumiko Nakata
Design Santiago Montiel
Music Masashi Sada
Sound Fusanobu Fujiyama
Producers Tomoyuki Miyagawa, Yoshiki Sakurai
Production and world sales Production I.G.

In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became a part of the Sakhalin Oblast. In this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomos, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves caused by history. Based on true events.

  • Special distinction; Annecy International Animated Film Festival-2014

Mizuho Nishikubo
Director, scriptwriter. Born in Tokyo in 1953. Started out at Tatsunoko Production. He is a long-time collaborator of Mamoru Oshii and has worked on his films such as «Ghost in the Shell» (1995), «Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence» (2004) and «The Sky Crawlers» (2008). He also makes commercials, music videos (among others «Tsepi i kol’tsa/Chains and Rings», 2003 for Russian rock star Linda) and video games. His feature film «Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai» (2009), screened in Locarno and Sitges. Other works: «Video Girl Ai» (1992, OVA), «Otogi Zoshi» (2004, TV), «Atagoal: Cat’s Magical Forest» (2006, movie).