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Williams John

NameWilliams John
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Foreign Studies, Department of English Studies
Job titleProfessor
Degree21 B.A Hons(University of Cambridge), 学士(ケンブリッジ大学), P.G.C.E(University of Cambridge), 公立学校教員免許(ケンブリッジ大学), M.A(University of Cambridge), 修士(ケンブリッジ大学)
Research funding number40338439
J-Global ID200901091850180648


I am a filmmaker who writes and directs narrative feature films and more recently documentary films. 
Through my filmmaking I have become interested in how art-practice in general can help us reconnect to the natural world and contribute to solving environmental problems. 
My current research focuses on a small village on Sado Island, and I am working with a team of international artists and academics to explore the knowledge and environment of the village through art. 
I am also interested in "adaptation," both in the traditional sense of adapting literary works into films, but also in a more metaphorical sense. 
More information about my current research project can be found at the link below: 

Research Interests

Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Art Practice, Adaptation Studies, Translation, Poetry

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Aesthetic practices / 

Research History

Apr 2001
Sophia University Department of English Studies  
Apr 2002
Mar 2003
Saitama University   
Apr 1998
Mar 2001
Aichi Prefectural University  Lecturer 
Apr 1998
Mar 2001
Apr 1998
Mar 2001
Chukyo University   


Aug 2023
European Association of Japanese Studies, Invitation Screening (Film Section),The Squid and the Pine
Jun 2019
Unfolding Kafka Festival, Invitation Screening,Shinpan (The Trial)
Invited to Screen The Trial in Bangkok and Chiang Mai (Sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the Japan Foundation) 
Jun 2017
European Independent Film Festival, World Premier in International Competition,Shinpan (The Trial)
Aug 2013
Chicago International Music and Movie Festival, Best Feature Film,Sado Tempest
Oct 2006
Luxemburg International Film Festival - Best Film (Starfish Hotel)


John Williams   
Sophia Journal of European Studies: Vol.10   10 225-230   Mar 2018
John Williams   
9 4-23   Mar 2016
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5 5-20   Mar 2011

Books and Other Publications

Kimiyo Ogawa, Kazuaki Yoshimura(カフカの小説Der Prozessを日本語映画『審判』に翻案するー私はアルゴリズムではない)
Shumpusha Publishing Co, Ltd.   Nov 2021   
John Williams(Part:Contributor, ヨーロッパ映画史)
Mar 2020   
Kimiyo Ogawa, Shinichi Murata, Kazuaki Yoshimura(Part:Contributor, 壊れたテンペスト ーシェイクスピア『テンペスト』を日本映画『佐渡テンペスト』に翻案する)
Shumpusha Publishing Co, Ltd.   Oct 2017   


John Williams (Screening of my documentary, The Squid and the Pine, followed by Q and A   
EAJS (European Association of Japanese Studies   20 Aug 2023   
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European Association of Japanese Studies   20 Aug 2023   John Williams   [Invited]
This paper was presented in a panel that I convened, with the title, Art, Environment and Thinking Change. Tak Watanabe (Sophia University) and Atsuko Nakamura (Artist) also presented on the panel
John Williams   
(Ar@k) Artistic Research at Kristiania Symposium in Oslo   15 Mar 2023   [Invited]
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17th Annual Association of Adaptation Studies Conference (In)visible Adaptation: Diversity and Inclusion   Association of Adaptation Studies   
John Williams   Tao Nashimoto   
Talk Session   

Professional Memberships

Apr 2016
Screenwriter's Research Network
Jun 2014
Association of Adaptation Studies
Jun 2013
European Association of Japanese Studies
Japan Directors Guild


John Williams   
Sep 2024 - Today   Artistic work
John Williams   
Aug 2023 - Today   Artistic work
Produced by John Williams   Directed by Kyle Mckoskey   
Jun 2018 - Today   Artistic work
Short Film based on story from In the Empire of Dreams by Dianne Highbridge
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Jan 2020 - Jan 2020   Artistic work
Theatre Play
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Jun 2018   Artistic work
Feature Film Adaptation of Kafka's The Trial, Released in Eurospace Cinema Shibuya and other cinemas in Japan
World Premier in Competition at the European Independent Film Festival 2017

Media Coverage

Copertina rigida – 12 giugno 2001 di M. Roberta Novielli (Autore) 4,5 4,5 su 5 stelle 12 voti   Jan 2023   [Other]
NHK   J-Flicks   May 2016   [TV or radio program]
I am a regular guest and commentator on the NHK World program J-Flicks, which covers contemporary Japanese Cinema.
Intellect, Ltd   Directory of World Cinema JAPAN2   Industry Spotlight - Interview with John Williams   2012   [Other]


Since 2019 I have taught an intensive class on Japanese Cinema, Industry and Screenwriting on the MA in Screenwriting and Production at the Catholic University of Milan
I taught a one day intensive Seminar on Film Production to aspiring Japanese directors and producers
I was invited by the Talent Campus at Ossians International Film Festival to lecture on Production Design in film to a group of young Indian and South Asian film directors.