Moving You

Begun in 2012, this is one of the most important projects that define CHANCE MAKER. It serves as a record of Yamaha Motors charitable activities around the globe, experienced first hand by our film crew, and pieced together with care. Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and the Arctic — these episodes we filmed on location and completely improvisational with no shooting script. The 10th episode in the series [...]

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永齡農場 耕耘之詩

In 2009 Typhoon Morakot struck the south end of Taiwan, taking the lives of 600 people. Eight years later we find the survivors of this disaster working on a plantation. Burdened by the sadness of loss, how do these workers reconcile the past, present, and future, and press on every day? Completed in 2018, the feature length documentary, Wasureru koto wo osorenai, is a compilation of these short vignettes. [...]

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An Empty Vessel 空の器

This is the trailer for a feature length documentary film which takes as its subject the artistic expression of chef Masayo Funakoshi. By bringing together director Hiroo Ninomiya, cinematographer Masato Indo, composer Takeo Toyama, and chef Masayo Funakoshi, this film rejects notions of “story” and “continuity” in favor of the individual expression of each person involved, becoming a compilation of time as [...]

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FASTER SONS

In an exercise of returning to the birthplace of the motorcycle in Europe, FASTER SONS is a redefining of Yamaha’s motorcycles. This is a collection of short commercial films that presents a comprehensive look at the fashion, customization, and traditions involved with motorcycles across the globe.

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IPP01 OKA SKATEBOARDS

We feature OKA SKATEBOARDS on the first trailer of “Inspiring People & Projects”.
OKA SKATEBOARDS is a handmade skateboard collaboration between Furniture Maker Yoshiro Mizokami and Art Director James Gibson.

Creating a beautiful product utilizing the know-how of furniture making, overcoming the language barrier, skateboard riding in a quiet leafy green town surrounded by mountains.

We [...]

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Megumi meguru tenri

Chance Maker’s film crew participated in the branding project of Tenri, Nara Prefecture, Japan. During the first year of the project we filmed the daily lives of the residents of Tenri in an effort to attract more people to move to the city. For the second year of the project, we collected footage of the workers of Tenri into short documentaries in order to promote migrant workers coming to the city.

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Nara Food Caravan

Chance Maker joined Nara Food Caravan, the team of Masaya Funakoshi who was the director of food for the Culture City of East Asia 2016 Nara to produce this film. Nara Food Caravan is a research team that produces a variety of content through their research surrounding the culture and history of food. This collection of short films became the feature length documentary An Empty Vessel which was completed in [...]

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Sacred Food 聖なる食

Artists from east Asia were invited to join this special dining event, Sacred Food, hosted by chef Masayo Funakoshi. This documentary was made with the intention to capture that evening.

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朝日ウッドテック THE JOURNEY OF “杢-Moku”

Beginning as a rare wood seller in the Osaka Shipyard in 1913, Asahi Woodtech has worked in adaptation to the environment to change the way Japanese people think about home flooring. Chance Maker’s film crew went to capture the incredible manufacturing process that takes lumber selected and sourced in North America to a finished product in Japan. These two short films aim to convey the inner workings of a [...]

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IBM BlueHub Phase 2

IBM BlueHub is an incubation program offered by IBM and several partner companies. Chance Maker created a film capturing the program’s second session. These six short films feature startups and the people who support them in their efforts to drive innovation in farm tech, visa application, mental health, VR, and the automotive industry.

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YAMAHA XSR900

This film was produced in coordination with the release of the XSR900 motorcycle in Japan — the first step in delivering Yamaha’s vision of “NEO RETRO” style. This motorcycle represents a return to form for Yamaha, inheriting many of the traditions that made their first motorcycles so special, while also breaking new ground using cutting-edge technology.

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MUJI Campground

(This project is presented only in Japanese.)

This is Chance Maker’s first commercial film after the completion of INSPIRING POEPLE & PROJECTS. Our film crew stayed on site at Mujirushi Camp to film the experiences of the people there.

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Ichiju issai kara hajimeyou

This documentary features the third generation owner of Konbu Doi, Shigeyoshi Doi, as he travels through Kansai spreading the importance of food. Watch as a story about cooking is woven through conversations with a female vegetable shop owner, a French and Japanese married couple, an old woman living by herself, and young elementary school students. This film was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of [...]

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Reading Aesthetics 閱讀美學

(This series of films is presented only in Chinese.)
由台北歷史建築改建成的圖書館——VVG Chapter 好樣文房落成,為推廣閱讀文化,製作三部以人物為主的短片,分別是習武少女、廣播節目主持人、台灣茶店主,探索各種閱讀的態度。

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Film for 324

(This film is presented in Chinese with English subtitles.)
紀錄片「WHY DO THEY “MAKE” NOW?」所延伸出的作品,在藝術家—楊忠銘/Yang Chung-Ming個展中放映。中編ドキュメンタリー作品「WHY DO THEY “MAKE” NOW?」に登場するアーティスト、楊忠銘  / Yang Chung-Ming の個展にむけて、本編の未使用カットを使って再編集した短編。

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INSPIRING PEOPLE & PROJECTS “DREAMS OF FIRE”

(This film is presented only in Japanese.)
“Inspiring”な人とプロジェクトを採集する、自主制作ドキュメンタリーシリーズ。第四回は、”古伊賀焼”。安土桃山時代に、たった数十年間だけ焼かれ、製法と共に歴史から忽然と姿を消した幻の陶器。侍の時代から400年以上の時間を経て、その技法を現代に復刻させ作陶を続ける陶工前田幸一氏と、彼の恩師 杉原哲彦氏、そして乱舞する炎に魅せられた人々の物語。今作はプロジェクト初の長編映像の形をとり、日本と台湾にて上映公開された。致力於發掘「具啟發性的人、事、物」的自主紀錄短片系列。IPP第四篇主題是極為特殊的「古伊賀燒」。「古伊賀燒」開始於日本戰國 – [...]

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Off-road Mania

Yamaha Motors’ off-road bikes have a history of 47 years. This seven-part film series features re-edited found footage and testimony from the engineers who developed the products and technology that changed the off-road world as well as the legendary riders that embraced them.

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SOUND DAWN

(This film is presented only in Japanese.)
INSPIRING PROPLE & PROJECTSで音楽を担当したミュージシャン、小栗栖憲英と制作したミュージックビデオ。“音楽が現れる瞬間”をコンセプトにして、ミュージシャンと撮影隊のセッションによって実験的に映像化された作品。瞬間をただ採集することに徹し、編集の最後まで何一つ定義しない方針で、音楽を映像に閉じ込めた。

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MUSUBU SHIGA

(This series of films is presented only in Japanese.)

2014年から2017年にかけて行われた滋賀県のブランディングプロジェクト「MUSUBU SHIGA」に映像監督、メディア監修として参加。滋賀がこれまで”培ってきた魅力を、新しい視点をもったデザイナーやアーティストとともに調査・再発見し、出会ってきたモノを繋ぎあわせながら、滋賀県のこれからを伝えていく6編で構成される。

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PATO LOL MAN “RADAR GIRL”

PATO LOL MAN is a two-piece band featuring Watanbe and Takeo Toyama who also handles music production on CHANCE MAKER’s most important films. This music video was shot completely improvised over the span of two days, and edited together to form a continuous 15 minute long film. This film has received much acclaim outside of Japan, particularly in Europe.

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TOUR DE SANDWICH

TOUR DE SANDWICH is a project about traveling by bicycle to gather inspiration from people, places, and ingredients, and using that to create sandwiches. The project is composed of four short films following Lucas B.B. (editor in chief of PAPERSKY) and a chef as they visit Onomichi, Hirosaki, Shizuoka, and Kagoshima.

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MilK FilM

“(This series of films is presented only in Japanese.)

パリで誕生した雑誌MilKの日本版である「MilK JAPON」の映像コンテンツ集。Nicolas Buffe / ニコラ・ビュフと、Hervé Tullet / エルベ・チュレ、二人のフランス人アーティストを主題とした短編ドキュメンタリー。”

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