TEL-CLUB(“Natsu ni umareru”)
- Director: MURAKAMI Kenji
1999 Japanese Subtitled in English Color Video 76 min
Producer: MURAKAMI Kenji
Photography: MURAKAMI Kenji
Editing: MURAKAMI Kenji
International Sales: Image Forum
2-10-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
[Festivals and prizes] Image Forum Festival ’99 (Special Jury Prize), Vancouver ’99, Rotterdam 2000
[Synopsis] A filmmaker plays with diary-docu and fiction as his camera joins his ventures into a phone dating club.
In the summer of 1998, 28-year-old Kenji returns to his hometown of Takasaki, in order to film the birth of his brother’s first baby. But the hot days go by with no sign of the baby. Bored to death, hormones running, and desperately wanting to talk to someone his own age (preferably a girl), he walks into a local phone dating club. Can he hook up with someone? Borrowing the form of a diary-movie, the director unfurls an unpredictable and imaginative look into his own persona.
Born in 1970. Has worked consistently on 8mm film. Genshoku Bye-bye was awarded at Image Forum Festival ’95.