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Director

Akio Nishizawa
Though he once dreamed of becoming a film director, Akio Nishizawa chose to pursue his career in education. Under his motto: "In order to change today's Japan, we need to reform the base of Japanese education system," he developed WAO Corporation into a nationwide general educational service provider.
"NITABOH," the very first movie Nishizawa scripted and directed, has been officially screened in various film festivals all over the world. It has also won the Best Picture Award at the REEL 2 REAL International Film Festival and the Public Award for Best Animated Film at the Asian Film Festival of Lyon. In his second movie "JAPAN, Our Homeland," Nishizawa has created an original story based on his own childhood with some fictional elements.
  • NITABOH – Unauthorized Biography of Father of Tsugaru – Shamisen
    May, 2006
    The 10th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival SICAF2006(Seoul / South Korea)
    Grand Prize for best feature film
  • Japan, Our Homeland (Furusato JAPAN)
    Nov, 2006
    The 12th Lyon Asian Film Festival (Lyon / France)
    Grand Prize of Public Award for Best Animated Film
    Grand Prize of Junior Jury Award

Executive Producer /
Animation Director

Masahiro Murakami
Masahiro Murakami completed “NITABOH – Unauthorized Biography of Father of Tsugaru – Shamisen” and “JAPAN, Our Homeland” as an Executive Producer. This is his 3rd work collaborating with Akio Nishizawa.
  • NITABOH – Unauthorized Biography of Father of Tsugaru – Shamisen
  • JAPAN, Our Homeland (Executive producer)

Planning and Web Producer

Masae Nishizawa
Masae Nishizawa has been involved in Akio Nishizawa’s “NITABOH” and “JAPAN, Our Homeland” from planning step. She actively promoted their works lots of film festivals overseas. She also joined as a web producer of each titles.
  • NITABOH – Unauthorized Biography of Father of Tsugaru – Shamisen
  • JAPAN, Our Homeland (Planning and Web producer)

Technical Director /
Animation Director

Hiroyuki Shimazu
 

Character Design /
General Animation Director

Tatsuo Ryuno
 

Storyboard

Hiroyuki Shimazu ・ Hitoyuki Matsui ・
Keiichiro Furuya
  • NITABOH – Unauthorized Biography of Father of Tsugaru – Shamisen
  • NARUTO(Storyboard) / FREEDPM(Storyboard / Director)

Art Director

Tadashi Kudo
  • Art Director such as NITABOH – Unauthorized Biography of Father of Tsugaru – Shamisen
  • JAPAN, Our Homeland

CG Director

Shuichi Fujinaka

Music director

Makoto Kuriya
  • Makoto Kuriya is a Jazz Pianist well known in the worldwide. He is invited for the International Music Day to perform of the UNESCO HQ in Paris in October 2004.
  • NITABOH – Unauthorized Biography of Father of Tsugaru – Shamisen
  • JAPAN, Our Homeland

Sound Director

Yoku Shioya
  • JAPAN, Our Homeland

Sound Effect

Shizuo Kurahashi
  • A mogul of sound effect. He is also involved in fiction films.