Takemi Yokota / Film Director / Buddhist monk
Born in 1966 in ‘Jonenji,’ which is a temple of Yuzu Nembutsu-syu in Ikaruga Town, Nara Prefecture.
He entered in Ryukoku University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Buddhist Studies in 1985, and started producing films in a Film Research Club.
“Kagyu-an no yoru” (1992) won 'Pia Film Festival'.
After that, he has kept producing films living in Ikaruga as a monk.
His films have various subjects and styles such as “FISHBOX” (1999) that describes wavering mind of a couple in monochrome world and “Gokurakuji, moeta” (1994) that only people’s comment leads us to an actual but mysterious person.
He produced “Akari no sato” which was projected by a town magazine ‘Ubusuna’ in 2006; “Gekkou” created with ‘A theatrical company of deaf people in Nara’ in 2007; and “Yamatogawa bojo” set in Yamatotakada city in Nara in 2009.
In recent years, “Kanako no koto” (2013) and “Iei natsuzora ni chikaku” (2017) that both focus on the relationships between the deceased people and the living people were released.
While he has produced films, he has presented theatrical works, and was installed as a scriptwriter and a director of a theatrical company, ‘Gekidan Ikaruga’ in 2002.
Since then, he has directed various plays based on subjects that are all connected with Ikaruga every year, such as ‘Horyuji,’ ‘Shiki Masaoka’ and ‘Tsunekazu Nishioka’ and so on.
Currently Yokota is serving as a priest in ‘Jonenji.’