Katsuya Tomita

Katsuya Tomita


We definitely feel like outsiders in the film industry! We’ve never treated filmmaking like a business, and for this very reason, there are certain things we can do in our films.    


Born in 1972 in the city of Kofu, Japan. After graduating from high school, he saved money to make films by working as a construction worker and a truck driver, using his childhood friends as actors. For three years, using an 8mm camera, he spent his weekends making his first film, ABOVE THE CLOUDS, which was released in 2003. With the award he won for this film, he shot OFF HIGHWAY 20 (2007) using 16mm film. In 2008, he decided to make SAUDADE (2011), basing the story in his hometown of Kofu. SAUDADE was funded with help from the citizens of Kofu and took a year and half to film. It was invited to the Locarno International Film Festival and won the Golden Montgolfiere Award at the 3 Continents Film Festival in France. The film was invited to many other festivals, including four that organised retrospectives of Tomita’s work, notably the Jeonju International Film Festival. In Japan, the film was viewed by 30,000 people, making it a box office hit. In 2012, Tomita started going back and forth between Bangkok and Tokyo.

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