NOBU is a personal portrait of a lighthearted Japanese immigrant. NOBU tries to add humour and optimism to the Dutch debate on integration.

NOBU is a short film about former world champion karate and Japanese immigrant Nobuaki Konno. In this film his daughter and fashion designer Lisa Konno asks him about cultural differences while he wears a collection she made for him.

This debut film combines aesthetics with humour and social engagement with optimism.

Color, 9 min, documentary, fashionfilm. 

Concept & Fashion Lisa Konno
Director Sarah Blok
Producer Sara-Liz van Til
Director of Photography Marc Slings
Sound Design Gijs Domen
Editor Fatih Tura, Joshua Menco, Tom Oud
Music Ricky Cherim
Grading Koert van de Ploeg(@Ambassadors)                

NOBU is now available as Staff Pick on Vimeo

Festival selections:

  • Flatpack Festival 2019, short film competition, UK.
  • International Film Festival Assen 2019, Kersvers competition, the Netherlands.
  • Rotterdams Open Doek Festival 2019, CinemaAsia program, the Netherlands. 🏆
  • Rialto Short Film Festival 2019, short film competition, the Netherlands. 🏆
  • Eindhoven Film Festival 2018, short documentary competition, the Netherlands.
  • PLONS! international documentary film festival 2019, documentary competition, The Netherlands.
  • Sapporo International Short Film Festival 2019, out of competition programme. 
  • Festival international du court metrage Lille 2019, international competition. 🏆
  • Szczecin Film Festival 2019, European documentary competition. 🏆
  • Shortcutz Amsterdam 2019, documentary competition. 🏆
  • Humans of Film Festival 2020, short film competiton, the Netherlands. 🏆


  • Best Short Film, Rialto Short Film Festival 2019.
  • Nomination: Best short documentary, Eindhoven Film Festival, 2019.
  • Best Short of the Month, Shortcutz Amsterdam, 2019.
  • Audience Award, European Competition, Szczecin Film Festival 2019.
  • Audience Award, International competition, Festival International du Court Métrage Lille, 2019.
  • Audience Award, Humans of Film Festival 2020, short film competiton, the Netherlands. 
Client: Sarah Blok & Lisa Konno
Date: July 1, 2018
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