Memories of Agano(“Agano kioku”)
- Director: SATO Makoto
2004 Japanese Subtitled in - Color 16mm 55 min
Photography: KOBAYASHI Shigeru
Editing: HATA Takeshi
Sound, Sound Design: KIKUCHI Nobuyuki
Producer: YATABE Yoshihiko
Contact Name: YATABE Yoshi
3-9-5-401 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Hong Kong IFF 2005, Yamagata IDFF 2005
[Synopsis] Ten years after the acclaimed film Living on the River Agano, the film crew returns to Niigata. Personal memories reflect upon remnants of those who passed away as the camera observes abandoned rice fields and hearths that have lost their masters.
Born 1957 in Aomori Prefecture, and raised in Tokyo, Sato Makoto discovered documentary film when he visited Minamata as a student, and worked on Katori Naotaka’s The Innocent Sea. While touring Japan with the film, he met people who lived by the Agano River in Niigata and decided to make a film about them. Living with seven crew members for three years, Living on the River Agano was completed in 1992, and won a number of awards including the Runner-up Prize at YIDFF ’93. Following this, he made several films for TV. His work Artists in Wonderland (1998) screened at Japanese Panorama YIDFF ’99. That year he was appointed head instructor at the Film School of Tokyo, and 2001 became a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. At YIDFF 2001, he served as a juror for New Asian Currents and his films SELF AND OTHERS (2000) and Hanako (2001) were screened at that time. He spent one year living in London from August 2002 with support from the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Overseas Study Program for Artists. Recent publications include The Horizons of Documentary Film—To Understand the World Critically (2001) and Dozing London (2004; all works published by Gaifusha).