About C. K. Neubert
Cinema-style photographer, based in Tokyo since 1993. Member of the Directors’ Guild of Japan.
Neubert’s debut short film "The Turns of the Wheel" (1997) won a Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and several other international awards. The next film Neubert produced and co-directed was the documentary feature “sur|FACE - 14 Contemporary Japanese Architects” (2000) which was released nationwide in Japanese theaters as well as on DVD. Neubert also wrote and co-produced the romantic comedy series "Myunhen yori Ai wo Komete" (“From Munich with Love”) which was aired on NHK between 2001 and 2003.
Not only creating own projects, C. K. Neubert has credits on more than 100 film and TV productions. For example, Neubert has been a collaborator of leading German film director Doris Dörrie on all of her Japan-related projects, and worked for many distinctive directors like Edgar Honetschlaeger [“L+R”/2000], Thomas Lucas [“Beyond Human”/2003], Academy Award© nominee Peter Spirer [“Let's Go (It's a Movement)”/2004], Student Academy Award© winner Peter Friedman [“Mana – Beyond Belief”/2004] and Riichiro Mashima [“Ski Jumping Pairs: Road to Torino”/2006].
Other than creating video and photographic works, Neubert has supervised translations of film scripts and subtitles, co-organized several film festivals, and is Assistant Professor for Film and Media Arts at Temple University Japan Campus.
Selected Film Works
Feature Film (Trailer)
Fukushima Mon Amour (2016)
One of my more recent collaborations with German director Doris Dörrie. I was her First Assistant Director on this bitter-sweet comedy film about two very different women. Starring Rosalie Thomass and Kaori Momoi.
This film was commemorating the fifth year since the Triple Disaster, and shot on original locations with the people of Fukushima. Five years prior to the movie's making, we actually were preparing for a completely different film following the travel route of Matsuo Basho, but our locations and plans were crushed by the disaster...
Documentary Feature (Short Version)
MINI. 50 Years: Wheels On Each Corner (2009)
This is a short version of the documentary feature film about the cult car celebrating its 50th anniversary. I was the Line Producer of the Japanese scenes. Directed by Manuel Werner.
Documentary Feature (Full Length)
MANA Beyond Belief (2004)
I was the Line Producer for the Japanese sequences of this beautifully shot documentary about world-wide power objects of human worship. Again, this was done with a very small team, and bone-hard work. Directed by Roger Manley and Student Academy Award© winner Peter Freeman.
Documentary Feature (Trailer)
sur | FACE: 14 Contemporary Japanese Architects (2001)
Together with journalist and photographer Roland Hagenberg I produced and directed this feature-length documentary film on 14 contemporary star-architects from Japan. I was also the DOP, and we were just a team of three: Hagenberg conducted the interviews, Jim Coenen recorded the audio, and I was the DOP. The film features Tadao Ando, Jun Aoki, Shigeru Ban, Hiroshi Hara, Itsuko Hasegawa, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma, Kisho Kurokawa, Fumihiko Maki, Hiroshi Naito, Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa, Kenzo Tange Associates and Yoshio Taniguchi. In the history of documentary film making this production was a novelty, because of celebrities like the above being usually too busy as to collaborate on a project like this - or they shy away because of the fierce competition among each other. Despite of the very limited budget of only US $ 28.000 we accompanied the architects throughout Japan - a country which is known to foreigners for its filming restrictions. Despite all the hurdles, we were able to interview the architects in their favorite buildings.
Feature Film (Full Length)
Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)
This was my first collaboration with German film director Doris Dörrie back in 1999! I was her Line Producer in Japan and was in charge of locations, logistics, communication and Japanese talent, among many tasks. Most of the scenes in Japan were shot with a small team of eight, which included the director, the two actors and myself.
Experimental Short Film (Full Length)
The Turns of the Wheel (1995)
“The Turns of The Wheel” is an awarded experimental poetry movie written, directed, shot and produced by C. K. Neubert in 1995 (six shots were revised in 1997). It captures the spirit of 'renku', classical Japanese chain poetry, in the form of modern images and sounds. The 'renku' of this film consists of 18 verses. Each of these verses has an own life and might be considered as a single ‘haiku’, classical Japanese short poem. The haikus were first created on a storyboard, much like a scene in a film, but are sequenced in a particular order that follows the rules and the rhythm of classic Japanese poetry.
My intention as director was to reveal characteristics of human nature by juxtaposing the rigid rhythm of the classical poetry and the apathy of modern society. The film's issues represent current social conflicts, such as generation gaps between parents and children shown in the ‘Retrospection’ sequence; sexual problems like harassment often seen in the workplace in ‘Servitude’; impotence or emasculation either caused by social or environmental deterioration in ‘Ascent’; and inequality in gender roles in the ‘Corruption’ sequence. The 'renku' also contains other controversies - religion, human recklessness and even love - that are subtly exposed in the film through images, symbols and sounds.
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