JYOWA | 2015
Single channel HD video; NTSC (1080p); 16:9; Color; Stereo sound;
Runtime 01 hour 50 minutes 40 seconds

DVD commercial edition: Non specified
Jyowa is a made-up word created by Yukimura Sensei which merges the characters for “rope” and for “speaking or communicating”, hence it can be translated as “communicating through ropes” or “rope stories”. This project was started in Tokyo in 2011 as a documentary film, yet it ended up becoming more of an aesthetic experience that takes the viewer into the unique universe of five of Japan’s top rope artists (by order of appearance): Naka Akira, Yukimura Haruki, Nawashi Kanna, Urado Hiroshi and Hajime Kinoko. In each of the the five chapters we can see two people taking a journey into a deep and profound level of communication in which rope takes a very special place.

This film was co-directed with Daniel Costa Neves.

More info at: www.jyowa.com
Directed by: Pedro Diniz Reis and Daniel Costa Neves

Actors (by order of appearance):
Naka Akira & Mashiro Nozomi
Urado Hiroshi & Nakamura Kazuki
Hajime Kinoko​ & Jhenna Hana

Music performed by: Sérgio Nascimento
Music recorded by: Tiago de Sousa

Translations and Japanese guidance by: Alice Liddell

Additional interpretation by: Nuit de Tokyo

Interview transcription by: Sugimoto Takashi

Calligraphy by: Ebato Gen

Supported by:
Nuit de Tokyo

Recorded in Tokyo, February 2011.