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Renowned film critic Tadao Sato has high hopes for Japan’s first university to specialize in making movies–the Japan Academy of Moving Images.

Sato, 80, is scheduled to serve as the first president of the university. “I want to make this academy a place where students will discuss movies all day,” Sato said.

The school was established by late film director Shohei Imamura, who in 1997 became the first Japanese to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with his movie “The Eel.”

Many movies produced by students as class projects straightforwardly depict the distress of young people and therefore touch people’s hearts, according to Sato. With the basic educational concept of “studying humanity,” the school will expose students to subjects such as information sociology and folklore.

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via The Daily Yomiuri

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