Review

“Best Documentary” Award at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

「ハーフだけではなく、日本人である意味など、色々考えさせられる素晴らしい作品です。そして、エンディングのために私も曲を作らせて頂きました。映画を観た最後に、心で聴いてほしいです。」アンジェラ・アキ

「ハーフの人はもちろん、ハーフでない方、特に日本人に観てほしい力作。ハーフでないと分からない赤裸々な悩みに加えて、取り上げられている人の人間性もきっちりと伝わってくる」
「3.11日常」監督 わたなべりんたろう

“It is a heartfelt and deeply human effort to encourage Japan to be an openly multicultural society.”- Rob Schwarz, Metropolis

“★★★★” – Japan Times, Hafu

Critical Asian Studies – Film Review

Press

2015

BBC News – Miss Japan: First mixed-race winner provokes debate
The New York Times – Biracial Beauty Queen Challenges Japan’s Self-Image
Tokyo Weekender – Universal Beauty: Ariana Miyamoto Strikes a Blow for Racial Diversity
The Epoch Times – What Does It Mean to Be Hafu in Japan?
Huffington Post – Miss Universe Japan Faces Criticism That She Is Not Japanese Enough
NBC News – The First Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Has Been Crowned
Al Jazeera – مراسلو الجزيرة #اليابان #الجزيرة #مها ماتسومورا
Rocket News 24 – Half-Japanese beauty chosen to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

2014
Japan Today – ‘Hafu’ tells story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society
Japan Daily Press – Mixed-race Japanese documentary ‘Hafu’ makes its Tokyo debut
Nikkei Voice – HAFU FACE A GLOBALIZED CHALLENGE AS IDEAS OF NATIONALITY, IDENTITY, AND RACE CHANGE
Nikkei Voice – ‘HAFU’ WOWS AUDIENCES AT JAPANESE CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE
げっぽThe Bulletin – Hafu: the mixed race experience in Japan
Pacific Citizen – Mile High Hosts Screening of ‘Hafu’ Documentary

2013

The Japan Times – FILM / REVIEWS‘Hafu’
Tokyo Weekender – New documentary looks at the “hafu” experience in Japan
Discover Nikkei – Documentary Explores Being “Hafu” in Japan
Rocket News 24 – Hafu: Telling the story of Japan’s mixed-race minority and changing attitudes in society【Q&A】
The Mainichi ‘Hafu’: Film addresses Japan’s growing diversity via stories of mixed-race individuals
朝日新聞 「ハーフの私、何者?」 監督自らの問い、映画に
Asahi Shimbun English Portal Documentary shows hardships of mixed-race individuals in Japan
The Wallstreet Journal –‘Hafu’ Chronicles the Experience of Half-Japanese
Japan Times, Double the trouble, twice the joy for Japan’s Hafu
The Diplomat, Will Hafu ever be whole?
Stars and Stripes, The changing face of Japan.
Metropolis Magazine Movie News
シネマ・ノホウズ – Films aim to inspire People
International Press Online (Spanish) –Documental retrata la vida de los hafus en Japón
Japonia Online (Polish Newspaper) – NOWOŚCI KINOWE: “HĀFU”
OGloba (Brazillian Newspaper) – Hafus, a nova cara do Japão
AsienSpiegel (German) – Bist Du ein Hafu?
Japan Culture NYC – Documentary Explores Being “Hafu” in Japan
New Orleans Gambit – The New Orleans Loving Festival
Rafu Shimpo – FILM: MIXED-RACE PEOPLE TELL THEIR STORIES IN ‘HAFU’
Discover Nikkei – Hafu: A documentary film about hafus by hafus

2011

新聞 赤旗 – ひと “ドキュメンタリー映画「ハーフ」を制作した”
Tokyo Podcast #10: Hafu Film
The Japan Times – Searching for connections drives young documentarian
Latin-a, “Especial- Hafu ¿Dos culturas o mitad de ambas?”
Mercado Latino, “Hafu-the film- Un documental que narrará la experiencia de vivir entre dos culturas”

2010

Rafu Shimpo, “The other hafu of Japan”
CNNgo, “The whole story on being ‘hafu’”
Metropolis Magazine, “The Hafu Project”
Japan Times – ‘Hafu’ draws viewers into world of Japanese identity

Documentary Explores Being “Hafu” in Japan

The word Hafu is the term the Japanese use to describe someone who is biracial, specifically ethnically half Japanese. Whether the term is derogatory is debatable, but the Japanese see it as cut and dried: A Hafu is half Japanese and half something else.

New Orleans Gambit – The New Orleans Loving Festival

The third annual Loving Festival includes films about multiracial identity, art and social events, as well as a new look at the couple behind the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which declared race-based marriage bans unconstitutional.

Rafu Shimpo – FILM: MIXED-RACE PEOPLE TELL THEIR STORIES IN ‘HAFU’

“Hafu,” a new documentary about mixed-race people in Japan, will be screened Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, First and Central in Little Tokyo, as part of the 29th L.A. Asian Pacific Film Fest.

Discover Nikkei – Hafu: A documentary film about hafus by hafus

The documentary examines multiracial and multicultural narratives in modern Japan.

新聞 赤旗 – ひと “ドキュメンタリー映画「ハーフ」を制作した”

Tokyo Podcast #10: Hafu Film

The Japan Times – Searching for connections drives young documentarian

Peace activist Megumi Nishikura seeks common humanity in all races.

Latin-a, “Especial- Hafu ¿Dos culturas o mitad de ambas?”