Skate in Tokyo

Skate in Tokyo is a short documentary film about skateboarding & its scene in Tokyo. An exploration of the nature of skateboarding, and what its inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics means for the sport. Told through the stories of a collection of local Japanese skaters.

  • Steffan Roe Griffiths
    Mistakes in Tokyo
  • Tetsuya Yasuta
    Key Cast
  • Azusa Nigo
    Key Cast
  • Yuka Sasaki
    Key Cast
  • Oliver Blue
  • Steffan Roe Griffiths
  • Steffan Roe Griffiths
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Skateboarding, Sport, Documentary, Short, Skate
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
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  • Copper Coast International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    January 28, 2020
    Official Selection, Semi-Finalist in Competition
  • Top Indie Film Awards
    December 1, 2019
    Winner - Best Documentary Short, Nominee: Best Cinematography, Best Music & Best Editing
  • Carmarthen Bay Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 25, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Barnes Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 23, 2020
    Nominee - Best International Short Documentary
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
    June 15, 2020
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco Frozen Film Festival
    San Francisco
    United States
    July 8, 2020
    Winner - Best Surf/Skate Video
  • Wales International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 17, 2020
    Nominee - Best Short Documentary
Director Biography - Steffan Roe Griffiths

Steffan is an award-winning filmmaker from Swansea, Wales, specialising in vignette dramas & intimate documentaries about subcultures and creative individuals.

From 2012-2018 he lived in Japan, where he taught English at a high school in Kyoto before moving to Tokyo to make films. Steffan is fluent in Japanese.

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Director Statement

Skate in Tokyo is my most recent film, finished in December 2019.

As a filmmaker and skateboarder from the UK who lived in Japan for six years and speaks fluent Japanese, I couldn’t resist making this film -- I feel that skateboarding was the perfect way to communicate many observations about both Japanese society and the sport.

Skateboarding is also now experiencing huge growth and change around the world; as it will be an Olympic sport for the first time in history in the now Tokyo 2021 Olympic games.

My aim was to explore these dynamics through Skate in Tokyo.

I hope you enjoy watching the film as much as we did making it.