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  • World Premiere

Supported Program < Housen Cultural Foundation: Support for film study and production >



Director: ZON Pilone (ゾン・ピロン)

2018|Japan|58min|Language: Japanese|Subtitles: English

Date Time Venue Guest
3/13 (Wed) 10:50 The National Museum of Art

*admission free

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OHNO Kyohei (小野恭平)
OOSTUKA Reona (大塚怜央奈)
MIZUKAMI Ryushi (水上竜士)
TAKENE Ryo (竹根遼)

Setsuko Hara and the directors’ Yasujiro Ozu, and Sadao Yamanaka sit in a cinema watching the 1936 film “Lion in the Mirror” before a lover’s quarrel breaks things up. Two grizzled hunters disembowel and wash dead boars. Yamanaka and Hara visit a contemporary art gallery. These are a few of the things that director Zon Pilone presents as he imagines Yamanaka’s soul wandering a limbo of sorts where the people and emotions he encounters are fragments of his psyche.

This is a realm where the standard rules of cinema do not apply but cinema history is all around as lines from Ozu’s films and scenes from Yamanaka’s final title, “Humanity and Paper Balloons” (1937), pepper a narrative always teetering on the edge of abstract and abstruse. This is a passionate patchwork experience built from layers of short sequences and a soundtrack haunted by ghosts of movies past. We naturally seek to order the narrative as we are plunged into moments sometimes horrific, sometimes beautiful and frequently carnal but the final result remains enigmatic and engaging.