Ashi Films is a documentary collaboration between Tokyo based filmmakers, Fuyuko Mochizuki and John Enos centered on film productions in Japan.
Launched in 2016, our more than 80 documentary films have covered everything from traditional free divers in Japan to Syrian refugee camps in Greece.
In 2019, we produced the Japan portion of the highly acclaimed Netflix series “HIGH SCORE”. We directed and produced the documentary “Beauty and Buddhism” which was a finalist at the 2020 Tribeca X Film Festival.
“In the Eyes of Children”, our 2016 independent short was chosen as an official selection to 7 different international film festivals from Sydney to New York.
Our nimble Tokyo based production offers a flexible solutions. Producers, translators and directors for co-productions with external production and overseas companies from places like Singapore, California, and Europe on documentary film projects for companies like Patagonia, to feature length documentaries for Wall to Wall, Warner Bros., Original Productions and many others.
Based along the Nakameguro river in Tokyo, our Tokyo based filmmakers and production team manages a variety of documentary projects and branded video assignments for streaming clients such as Netflix, CNN, Channel News Asia, VICE Media and Patagonia.
Ashi Films Independent Films
Within the Tokara archipelago lies the remote Japanese island of Akuseki-Jima, or rather “Evil Rock Island”. Home to 83 residents, and one mysterious creature called BOZE, this is a community unlike any others in Japan, one that accepts all that arrives from the sea, even a lost boy.
Cast: Koki Hisanaga, Kazunori Arikawa, Miyo Hisanaga
Director: Fuyuko Mochizuki, DP: John Enos Producer, Producer: Yusaku Kanagawa, Editor: Fuyuko Mochizuki, Sound Mixer: Rob Mayes
Year: 2019 Runtime: 14 minutes 25 seconds
“In The Eyes Of Children” 2016
Inspired on our visit to Ritsona Refugee Camp, Greece during the summer of 2016.
Over the past few years, many documentaries have been made about the refugee crisis and the refugees in Greece. We had a desire to make a documentary that told the story from a new perspective. We feel that although it’s too overwhelming to consider our lives as refugees, perhaps we could relate to how it feels to help someone in need and how that experience enriches our lives.
Made on a shoestring budget, our documentary focuses on the life and work of a middle aged Greek photographer who found his own identity by becoming an integral part of the refugees lives in the camp near his home by initiating a Tuesday movie night for the children.
Vassilis Nikas, a Greek photographer who has made it his priority to replace despair with hope and smiles by being true to not only his own core beliefs but all of ours.
The summer of 2021 our film will be playing at Lieu d’Europe, in companion with an expansive exhibition of Vassilis Nikas photography from the refugee camp.