2015 / 79 min. / Documentary

Director: Hyoe Yamamoto
Producer: Luc Martin Gouseet   Associate Producer: Deborah Barillas
AKA: 1.7 Billion Dollar Fraud: Full Exposure / Pour le bien de l’entreprise

In October 2011, Olympus Corporation, a multi-billion dollar Japanese optical company, suddenly dismissed its president and CEO, British-born Michael Woodford over cultural differences in management style. Japanese media dutifully reported it with minimum coverage, another foreign CEO failing to adapt to the Japanese way. But international media reported a brewing scandal where Japanese board members of the company unanimously voted to dismiss Michael Woodford for blowing a whistle on the 1.7 billion dollar fraud. A Production of VESUVIUS and POINT DU JOUR in co-Production with BBC and ZDF in collaboration with ARTE, SVT, and DR. Teaser is here.

Film Festival Participation:
Festival Internationale de Programmes Audiovisuels 2015
Asian Film Festival of Dallas 2016 – Special Jury Award
Koenji Za Documentary Festival 2016
Documentary Edge Festival 2016
Escales Documentaires de La Rochelle 2016

In theaters now in Japan: Please see the website for booking dates.

Review: Hyoe Yamamoto dives into Japan’s culture of corporate corruption in ‘Samurai and Idiots: The Olympus Affair’  Japan Times, May 16, 2018

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