IKEDA Akira (1976, Japan) studied English Literature at the Bunkyo University in Tokyo. He made his first feature film, Blue Monkey, in 2006 and received the Audience Award at the Pia Film Festival. His film Anatomy of a Paper Clip (2013) won a Hivos Tiger Award at IFFR 2014. Ambiguous Places (2017) premiered at Tokyo International Film Festival. The Blue Danube (2020) is his fourth feature.
Blue Monkey (2006), Landscape to Fly (2008, short), Yamamori clip koujou no atari/Anatomy of a Paper Clip (2013), Uron na tokoro/Ambiguous Places (2017), The Monster and the Woman (2018, short), Kimajimegakutai no Bonyarisenso/The Blue Danube (2020)
Ikeda Akira at IFFR
Anatomy of a Paper Clip
The Monster and the Woman
There’s a monster about. The villagers are terrified and the police seem powerless. One woman seems to know more.
The Blue Danube
The Japanese soldiers don’t know why they shoot at the village across the river. Orders are orders.