short cuts lo n g c u t s
Over 60 short films from the forefront of Japan’s emerging independent filmmakers and video artists,
plus a special highlight on acclaimed director Naomi Kawase. All films are in Japanese with English
subtitles and are digital video.
TICKETS Free admission A comprehensive selection of Japan’s newest
films, from blockbusters, documentaries and
breakthrough films, to the internationally
acclaimed and highly controversial. All 18 films
Nippon Connection Film Festival on Tour
are U.S. or NY premieres. All films are in Japanese
Since 2000, Nippon Connection Film Festival has introduced new Japanese films to the European community, fast
becoming one of the leading festivals devoted to contemporary Japanese films. JAPAN CUTS presents Nippon
with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.
Connection Film Festival on Tour, a selection of digital videos from the 2008 festival, compiled by Nippon Connection
Film Festival (www.nipponconnection.com).
TICKETS $11 general/$7 Japan Society members U.S . PrEmIErE NY PrEmIErE
& seniors unless otherwise noted Adrift in Tokyo (Tenten) Dainipponjin (Big man Japan)
Thursday, July 3 at 4:20 pm Friday, July 4 at 2:30 pm
Films presented between July 3–6 are Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
When law student Fumiya cannot pay off his debts, collecting When big trouble arises, Daisato steps into a pair of oversized
co-presented with the New York Asian Film agent Aiichiro bullies him into taking a leisurely stroll through purple briefs and is electrocuted to become a Dainipponjin (giant
Festival, America’s leading festival of popular Tokyo—through the back allies, shrines, parks and restaurants Japanese). The last in a long line of revered Dainipponjin, Daisato
where his deepest memories are kept. Director Satoshi Miki weaves attacks horrifying monsters through the cities of Japan. But unlike
Asian Cinema. www.subwaycinema.com. together this strange journey of two men into a heart-warming the glory days of past Dainipponjin superheros, Daisato is ridiculed
comedy with a phenomenal ensemble cast. Best Supporting Actor and taunted by present-day society as a nuisance. Japan’s most
popular comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto stars and directs this whacky
for Tomokazu Miura in the 2007 Kinema Junpo Award.
kaiju spoof about the perils of so-called heroism and celebrity.
2007, 101 min, 35mm. Directed by Satoshi Miki. With Tomokazu Miura and
Joe Odagiri. Official selection, Cannes 2007.
2007, 113 min., 35mm. Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto. With Hitoshi Matsumoto,
Riki Takeuchi and UA. Music by Towa Tei.
OPENING FILm—DOUBLE BILL
Digista Vol. VI JVC Tokyo Video Festival Planet + 1 Selection: Immoral Films
Saturday, July 5 at 1:45 pm & monday, July 7 at 6:45 pm Sunday, July 6 at 6 pm & Saturday, July 12 at 1:15 pm Saturday, July 5 at 6:45 pm & Thursday, July 10 at 8:15 pm
Digista (Digital Stadium) is a show on the Japanese television Founded in 1978, the JVC-sponsored Tokyo Video Festival (TVF) Talented young directors in Tokyo contribute their films to the
network, NHK, where artists and filmmakers compete for their work is now the largest international video competition in Japan, Immoral Film Festival, presented by the independent distributor
to be aired. Over the years, it has grown into a multimedia platform gathering 40,000 works from 90 countries worldwide. The festival Image Rings. The results are some of the most intriguing films
dedicated to the discovery of innovative new talents in the field is open to amateurs and professionals for short and feature films, of recent years—provocative, perplexing and always throttling
of digital visual media. This is a selection of works compiled from documentaries and fiction. Here is a selection from TVF 2008. the border between fiction and reality.
Digista 2007. www.nhk.or.jp/digista. www.jvc-victor.co.jp/english/tvf. Total running time 70 min.
The milky Audition
Total running time 67 min. Total running time 90 min. 2007, video, 8 min. Directed by Yumi Yoshiyuki.
Piece Hansel’s moon Town Pink film director Yumi Yoshiyuki presents an obsessive homage to a 1970s
2007, 10 min. Directed by Yuri Nakadaira. Hansel
2007, 2:27 min. Directed by Yusuke Koyanagi.
*Also screened in Open Art Animation learns the importance of people supporting one another no matter how poor
Yueikinshikuiki 2007, 19 min. Directed by Koji Maeda. The day after too
their lives may be.
Z 2006, 3:35 min. Directed by Shinya Sato.
Blue Sky, Night Sky, Starry Sky many drinks and uneasy one-night stands, a group of slackers wander
2007, 13:50 min. Directed by Yu
Flock 2007, 3:07 min. Directed by Toru Otsubo. aimlessly through the streets.
Katasumata. At the end of a summer vacation, Kouda declares her love
Gluebe 2007, 3 min. Directed by Takeshi Usami. Woman of Golden Fish (Pinsaro no onna)
to her classmate Iizuka, leaving Riri, Kouda’s best friend, alone. 2007, 23 min. Directed by Shinji
Fridges 2007, 6:53 min. Directed by Fujio Tanabe. The Dandelion Sister (Tanpopo no ane) Imaoka. Sato secretly yearns for a girl he knows from the red-light district.
2007, 20 min. Directed by Yusuke
Director Imaoka tries to arrange a date—and goes along with the camera.
Sakamoto. This clay animation delicately portrays the complex psychology
Ikuemi no zanzou 2007, 4:42 min. Directed by Masashi Yokota.
between two sisters. *Also screened in Open Art Animation Fujica Single-Date 2007, 29 min. Directed by Kenji Murakami. In 2007,
Around 2007, 3:12 min. Directed by Ryu Kato.
mutual Link Japan’s Super 8 film production came to a halt, provoking Murakami to U.S . PrEmIErE NY PrEmIErE
2007, 5:15 min. Directed by Xiangyu Meng. An artistic work
runningman 2006, 4:30 min. Directed by Tetsuro Kodama. create a meditation on the magical aura of film and all its possible effects
in which everyday life scenes are captured in various ways, linking together
Fine, Totally Fine (Zenzen daijobu) Always: Sunset on Third Street—2
on one’s love life.
With a Confident Smile 2007, 3:38 min. Directed by Ryu Kouben. real and virtual spaces.
Thursday, July 3 at 6:30 pm & Saturday, July 5 at 6:30 pm (Always: Zoku-Sanchome no yuhi)
The Last Chapter
Kujira 2007, 5:43 min. Directed by Reiko Murakami. 2007, 20 min. Directed by Makiko Ishihara. Based on a
Saturday, July 5 at 1 pm & Sunday, July 6 at 8:15 pm
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
memoir written by the filmmaker’s late father, who had estranged himself
Paper Play 2007, 2:40 min. Directed by Sho Yamaguchi. from the rest of his family. By day, Teruo works at his family’s used bookstore—by night, he Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
Selene Attraction 2007, 5:30 min. Directed by Kazuhiko Kobayashi. Why Didn’t the Hero Appear in The Iraq War? works on creating the world’s scariest haunted house. When pretty
2007, 20 min. Set in in nostalgic 1959 Tokyo, Always (2006) won 13 of Japan’s 14
A maze 2007, 17:59 min. Directed by Kei Takahashi. Directed by Tsuyoshi Ishii. A documentary-like drama about the everyday life but clumsy Akari begins working at the shop, both Teruo and his Academy Awards and the New York Asian Film Festival Audience
of Chocker, a villain in an SFX live-action film.
friend vow to capture her heart. Silly, jealous rivalry ensues in this Award. The same cast of beloved characters returns to the visually
NY P r E m I E r E— O P E NI NG F I L m
hilarious, offbeat comedy. Winner of the Grand Prize at the Nippon lavish and magical world of Third Street in Always—2. Opening with
The mourning Forest (mogari no mori) Connection Film Festival. a rare cameo by Godzilla, the story continues as struggling writer
Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 pm & monday, July 7 at 6:30 pm 2007, 110 min., 35 mm. Directed by Yosuke Fujita. With Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Chagawa vows to win a prestigious book award after he learns that
Yoshino Kimura and Yoshinori Okada.
M E E t c u t s ! Q & A with director Naomi Kawase following Junnosuke, the boy whom he supports, might be taken away from him
the July 2 screening. by his sinister biological father. The entire neighborhood comes together
Unable to forget the death of her young son, Machiko moves into to support Chagawa as he races to complete his novel. Picture of the
the backroads of Nara to work at a home for the elderly, where she Year, and winner, Best Actor Hidetaka Yoshioka, 31st Japan Academy Prize.
meets Shigeki, who has been suffering from the loss of his wife for 2007, 146 min., 35mm. Directed by Takashi Yamazaki. With Hidetaka Yoshioka,
many years. One day, they wander deep through the forest together, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Koyuki.
hoping to locate her grave. When they lose their way, the two em-
bark upon an unexpected journey through devastating memories
and grief, fueled by the forceful energy of the midsummer moun-
Vortex and Others—5 Short Works by Yoshihiro Ito 893239 (Yakuza Short Films) tains. Winner of the Grand Prix Cannes 2007.
Tuesday, July 8 at 6:45 pm & Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 pm Tuesday, July 8 at 8:45 pm & Sunday, July 13 at 5:15 pm 2007, 97 min., 35mm. Directed by Naomi Kawase. With Shigeki Uda and
Yoshihiro Ito is one of the most astonishing talents to emerge from The short film compilation 893239 is a collection of films with Machiko Ono.
within the Japanese independent scene in recent years. His film cycle the overall theme of yakuza. All episodes are shot by different
revolves around the topic of love, and creates a magical space where directors and crews who had to work within a budget limit of
The mourning Forest is preceded
the subtle meets the bizarre meets the profound. $1,000 (¥100.000) per film. The result offers comedy, drama,
by a short documentary
music video and mockumentary. Here is a selection of 8 episodes.
Total running time 98 min.
Wife’s Knife (Sanma no hi) 2006, 10 min. A woman has bought cheap Total running time 86 min.
Kawase documents the birth and
running Flamenco (Hashiru flamenco)
fish and her husband gradually lapses into a frantic panic. But who is really Sumida episode, 10:25 min.,
upbringing of her own son, as the
crazy here? Directed by Koji Masui.
great aunt who raised her, now
Imaginary Lines 2001, 25 min. On New Year’s Eve 2000, a woman Beyond the Forest of the man (Yakuza no mori) Nakano episode,
92, suffers from senile dementia
wanders through Tokyo. Meeting two men who shouldn’t exist, the borders 4:36 min. Directed by Hijiri Taketomi.
of memory, past and present start to blur. and slowly approaches death.
Yakuza’s Delivery (Yakuza-no takuhaibin) Edogawa episode, 9:38 min.
Umeshinju 2006, 39 min., digital video. Directed by
2003, 34 min. Two people, who cannot use their arms, meet. Directed by Noriaki Sugihara.
What sounds absurd develops into the most poetic meeting.
Open Art Animation revenge (Fukushu) Adachi episode, 12:47 min. Directed by
Non-Intervention Game (Fukansho gemu) 2008, 10 min. A tourist walks
Saturday, July 5 at 8:15 pm & Thursday, July 10 at 6:45 pm Masayuki Kuramoto.
through the city and sees strange things: but no matter what happens, the NY PrEmIErE NY PrEmIErE
Swear on the Finger (Yubikiri) Meguro episode, 11:36 min. Directed
Open Art (www.open-art.tv) is more than a website, it is an archive, residents ignore it at any cost. Eventually, the man cannot keep his nose out
Naomi Kawase (director) Accuracy of Death (Shinigami no seido) Yasukuni
by Kazunori Egusa.
a distribution matrix and a tireless promoter of short films. Founded of their business.
Born in 1969 in Nara, critically acclaimed director Naomi Kawase is
Tradition of Sumida (Sumida-ku no jiba sangyo) Thursday, July 3 at 8:45 pm & Friday, July 4 at 12:15 pm Saturday, July 5 at 4 pm & Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 pm
Vortex (Kachu no hito)
in 1999, it has collected over 1,000 films. Here is a selection of the 2005, 19 min. Very inappropriately, an ex-girlfriend the winner of numerous international film awards. A graduate of the
10:58 min. Directed by Yoshiaki Tago.
best in recent years’ animated films. appears in a man’s apartment, apparently determined to settle things. She Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
Osaka School of Photography (now called the School of Visual Arts),
Jin, Hiroki, and me, the Sister (Jin to hiroki to imoto no atashi)
succeeds, even if not as planned.
Total running time 72 min. she is known for chronicling her own personal growth and pain through The charming, handsome Grim Reaper (played by heart throb Thousands of people pour into Yasukuni Shrine each year on August
Ota episode, 10:57 min. Directed by Kazutaka. themes of family, abandonment, and the cycles of life and death. She
The Fisherman 2002, 14 min. Directed by Saku Sakamaoto. Takeshi Kaneshiro) visits this world with his dog to observe his 15, where the war dead, including war criminals, are enshrined. In
Too Nervous Finger (Yubi-kitchou) became the youngest winner of the Camera D’Or at the Cannes Film
Kita episode, 8:50 min. Directed
Slide 002 2005, 4 min. Directed by Takahiro Hirata. assigned targets for seven days before deciding their fates. When this documentary shot over the course of 10 years, director Li Ying
Festival in 1997 with her feature debut film, Suzaku (1996), and Shara-
by Hisana Kanamori.
assigned to depressed and lonely Kazue, he developes a special tirelessly chronicles those who visit the Shrine from various back-
sojyu (2003) was in competition at Cannes 2003. Her fourth feature
Kleenex-man, The Terrorist 2005, 1:56 min. Directed by Shuhei Shibue.
film, The Mourning Forest, won the Grand Prix Cannes 2007. Her new relationship with her that lasts for longer than he ever expected. grounds and perspectives—patriotic veterans, extreme nationalists
Piece 2006, 2:27 min. Directed by Yusuke Koyanagi. feature film Nanayomachi will be released in Japan this year. Kaneshiro, star of Chungking Express and House of Flying Daggers and angry protestors from China and Korea. Ying, born in China
*Also screened in Digista Vol. VI
returns to Japanese cinema after a five-year absence. Based on and based in Japan, dares to tackle this controversial subject as he
Around 2007, 3:12 min., Directed by Ryu Kato.
Japan’s bestselling novel by Kotaro Isaka. interviews a man who made holy Yasukuni swords during WW II.
mr. Cloud and mr. rain 2007, 6:34 min. Directed by Tomoyoshi Joko.
* Follow the roadmapOrigin of Naomi Kawase: Part 1 & 2
The film juxtaposes the man’s hesitancy to speak about Yasukuni
2008, 113 min., 35mm. Directed by Masaya Kakei. With Takeshi Kaneshiro,
to Kawase’s contemplative
The Kinrakuen 2007, Video, 6:30 min. Directed by Daisuke Hagiwara. Manami Konishi and Sumiko Fuji. with the chaos and rage that mount at the Shrine every year. Many
filmmaking in The
The Dandelion Sister 2007, 20:30 min. Directed by Yosuke Sakamoto. theaters in Japan canceled the initial engagements of this film, caus-
in SHORT CUTS, on page 5.
*Also screened in JVC Tokyo Video Festival ing a huge controversy on self-censorship through fear of right-wing
A Story Constructed of 17 Pieces of Space and 1 maggot interventions. Winner of the Hong Kong Film Festival.
2007, 13:32 min. Directed by Isamu Hirabayashi. 2008, 123 min., digital video. Directed by Li Ying.
lo n g c u t s c o n t I n u E d. . . NY P r E m I E r E
MEEt cuts! Sakuran
* Get with the scandalscreening. Light Party
* at the red
Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 pm & Sunday, July 13 at 12:45 pm
Provocative director Koji Wakamatsu joins the festival
following the July 12
Sold into the red light district as a young girl during the Edo period, foul-mouthed,
via high-definition private network from Japan for a
spunky Kiyoha climbs the ladder to become the oiran (head courtesan) after failing to
discussion and Q&A following the July 6 screening. Special ticket price: $15/$12 Japan Society members
escape from her brothel. In her directorial debut, young, bestselling art photographer
* Pre-screening talk with Masayuki Kakegawa on Mika Ninagawa brings this popular Japanese manga to the screen with lavish and
the biographical history of the events in the film vibrant period costumes and gorgeous candy-colored sets. Official Selection, Berlin
Film Festival 2007.
and writing United red Army on July 6 at 3 pm
2007, 111 min., 35mm. Directed by Mika Ninagawa. With Anna Tsuchiya,
and July 8 at 6:30 pm.
Masanobu Ando and Miho Kanno.
U.S . P r E m I E r E
Koji Wakamatsu (director)
United red Army
t u r t l E b ay c u t s
Born in 1936 in Miyagi, Koji Wakamatsu entered filmmaking as a security
(Jitsuroku rengosekigun-asama sanso e no michi)
guard on location and made his feature directorial debut in 1963 with the
Sunday, July 6 at 4 pm & Tuesday, July 8 at 7:30 pm pink film (sex film) Sweet Trap. His sex films in the 1960s and 70s carried
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival strong political views, and were widely supported, especially among
A complimentary screening for the community
students. With a 40-year career and 100 films to his credit, Wakamatsu
Wakamatsu pushes the boundaries of filmmaking to recapture
of Turtle Bay and beyond!
is praised in international film festivals such as Berlin, Vienna and Jeonju,
the historical events of the United Red Army (URA) that led up yet is unable to enter the U.S. due to the close affiliation he had with
to what is now infamously known as the “Asama Mountain Lodge Japanese left wing militants.
Incident” of 1972. This gut-wrenching docudrama portrays the
A Gentle Breeze in the Village (Tennen kokekko)
political unrest of 1960s Japan, when student uprisings erupted
Sunday, July 13 at 3 pm
masayuki Kakegawa (screenwriter)
throughout the country, eventually dovetailing into extreme
violence. With most of the members of the defiant left arrested, Based on a popular manga, A Gentle Breeze is a tender coming-of-
Born in 1951 in Yokohama, Masayuki Kakegawa began to work as a staff
the remaining factions unite to form the URA and hide out in the writer for the weekly magazine Shukan Hoseki in 1981. He has traveled to age love story set deep in Japan’s countryside by director Nobuhiro
more than 50 countries, covering stories on the Yugoslavian civil war, the
mountains for guerilla training. When the URA initiate a process Yamashita (Linda Linda Linda). When eighth grade cool guy Hiromi
collapse of the Soviet Union, Palestine, the Republic of Zaire (present Congo)
they call “self-criticism,” what had started out ideologically esca- transfers from Tokyo to a small elementary/middle school with only
and more. After becoming a freelance journalist,he wrote for magazines
lates into torture and the execution of fellow comrades. Winner six kids enrolled, wholesome and honest Soyo becomes enthralled
such as Focus, Weekly Asahi and Forbes Japan. He also edited Wakamatsu’s
of Netpac, C.I.C.A.E. Awards, Berlin Film Festival 2008. autobiography Jiko-nashi, while working closely with Wakamatsu on United by his sophisticated world. 2007 Kinema Junpo Best Ten.
Red Army as a screenwriter. He is a member of the Japan P.E.N. Club.
2008, 190 min., 35mm. Directed by Koji Wakamatsu. With Go Jibiki, Aie 2007, 121 minutes, 35mm. Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita. With Kaho and
Namiki and Maki Sakai. Music by Jim O’Rourke. Masaki Okada
InugaMI x 2:
N Y PrEmIErE
a t r I b u t E to Ko n I c h I K awa
Sukiyaki Western Django
Saturday, July 5 at 9 pm
To commemorate the death of Kon Ichikawa in February at the age of
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival 92, JAPAN CUTS proudly presents the first-ever subtitled screening of
Takashi Miike, director of Ichii the Killer and Audition, is back again Ichikawa’s The Inugami Family from 1976, a monumental mystery-thriller
with this homage to the Spaghetti Western. When a mysterious classic that has influenced numerous film directors in Japan. This tribute
gunman rides into Nebada (Nevada), he finds the peaceful town also includes his own remake of the film, Murder of the Inugami Clan from
U.S . P r E m I E r E— CLOS I N G FI Lm U.S. P r E m I E r E
filled with bloody corpses left behind from the Genji and Heike,
Kisaragi Filmful Life (Ichikawa Kon monogatari) 2006, the final film in his prolific career.
warring clans in search of a hidden treasure. Highly sought after
Wednesday, July 9 at 8:45 pm & Sunday, July 13 at 5:30 pm Friday, July 11 at 6:30 pm
for his splendid quick draw, the gunman vacillates between the INT ErNAT IONAL PrEmIErE
When five members of pop star Miki Kisaragi’s online fan club meet A master of love stories, director Shunji Iwai (All About Lili Chou
two clans while concealing his true identity. Guest-starring Quentin
The Inugami Family murder of the Inugami Clan
for the first time to honor the one-year anniversary of her suicide, Chou) recounts Kon Ichikawa’s prolific career (Fires on the Plain, The
Tarantino, this outrageous English-language “Eastern Western” is
Friday, July 11 at 8:30 pm Saturday, July 12 at 5:45 pm
what starts out as a cheerful party turns into a terrifying who-done- Inugami Family and The Burmese Harp), particularly focusing on his
jam packed with samurai sword-swinging, gun-slinging and Shake-
1976, 146 min., 35mm. With live English 2006, 135 min., 35mm. With Koji Ishizaka,
it, as each man is accused of the gruesome death of their darling. As close romantic and creative partnership with his wife, writer Natto
speare-quoting cowboys. In Competition, Venice Film Festival 2007.
subtitle projections. With Koji Ishizaka, Nanako Matsushima, Sumiko Fuji and
clues to each man’s relationship to her are slowly revealed, Kisaragi Wada. Iwai’s personal admiration for the director shines throughout
2007, 98 min., 35mm. Directed by Takashi Miike. With Hideaki Ito, Yusuke Iseya
Mieko Takamine and Yoko Shimada. Kyoko Fukada.
cleverly keeps everyone guessing until the very end. Picture of the the documentary as he commemorates the making of Ichikawa’s
and Yoshino Kimura. In English.
Murder of the Inugami Clan, which turned out to be Ichikawa’s final
Year at the 31st Japan Academy Prize. When the wealthy Inugami patriarch dies leaving behind a huge estate,
* YEE-HAW! Put on those cowboy bootsscreening.
film, as he passed away in February 2008.
2007, 108 min., 35mm. Directed by Yuichi Sato. With live English subtitle projection.
and join the family lawyer hires detective Kindaichi as a series of mysterious
With Shun Oguri, Yusuke Santamaria, Keisuke Koide, Teruyuki Kagawa and 2006, 83 min., digital video. Directed by Shunji Iwai. murders occur—from attempted drownings and poisonings to beheadings.
the Sukiyaki Western Party after the Muga Tsukaji.
A twisted web of deceit, adultery and greed is revealed as the family
In conjunction with Inugami x 2: A Tribute to Kon Ichikawa, see page 3.
Special ticket price: $15/$12 Japan Society members.
gathers for the reading of the will, and the race for the inheritance turns
even deadlier. Based on the bestselling novel by Seishi Yokomizo, which
has been made into three films and five TV series.
* Don’t miss FilmfulIwai onthe documentary on Ichikawa
by director Shunji July 11, see page 2.
N Y PrEmIErE I N TE r N ATI O N AL P r E m I E r E U.S. P r E m I E r E
Sad Vacation Gummi, Chocolate, Pine Near Equal Kusama Yayoi: I Adore myself
(Near equal Kusama Yayoi—watashi daisuki)
Sunday, July 6 at 1:15 pm Thursday, July 10 at 9 pm & Saturday, July 12 at 3:15 pm
Saturday, July 12 at 12:45 pm
Unemployed and directionless, Kenzo returns to his hometown and
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival
M E E t c u t s ! Q & A with director Takako matsumoto.
reunites with his childhood friends after many years. Flashing back
Kenji, played by superstar Tadanobu Asano, swears revenge when
to his 1980s high school years—love, sexual fantasies/frustration The highly anticipated documentary Near Equal Kusama Yayoi: I Adore
he unexpectedly finds his mother, who had abandoned him as a
and guitar rock—this eccentric story recounts the charm of teenage Myself films wildly charismatic artist Yayoi Kusama (born in 1929) in
child, now living with a new husband and son. In this sequel to
awkwardness and failed adult ambitions. Based on the bestselling recent years as she passionately works on a large series of 50 draw-
Helpless (1996) and Eureka (2000, winner at Cannes), director
novel by Indie rock star Kenji Otsuki, this is the third feature film by ings while director Matsumoto attends her gallery opening in New
Aoyama completes this trilogy with the powerful story of a man
Sandorovich, aka Kera, one of the most sought-after theater writer/ York City, where she lived from 1957–73. The film reveals Kusama’s
who tries to stand against his fate and rejects the blood ties that
directors in Japan today. eccentricities, self-obsession and intense dedication to her art.
keep coming back to haunt him. Official Selection, Venice Film
2007, 127 min., digital video. Directed by Keralino Sandorovich. With Takuya Ishida, 2008, 108 min., digital video. Directed by Takako Matsumoto.
Mei Kurokawa and Nao Omori.
2007, 136 min., 35mm. Directed by Shinji Aoyama. With Tadanobu Asano,
Takako matsumoto (director)
Eri Ishida and Yu Aoi.
Born in Kanagawa, Matsumoto has produced numerous documentary
programs for television as a freelance director. Her film project at Tokai Uni-
versity Cinema Study Group, Chako’s Apa-toru Story, was selected at the 6th
Pia Film Festival. Matsumoto began developing a documentary on Kusama
after meeting the artist in 1996. In 1999, she worked on the NHK TV special,
Artist Kusama Yayoi’s Fantasy World of Darkness of the Heart, which led her
to start filming Kusama privately. Near Equal Kusama Yayoi: I Adore Myself is
Matsumoto’s theatrical feature debut.
The mourning Forest