Kamei Fumio Retrospective [PR and Educational Films]

The Southern Cross Is Calling

(“JAL sorano tabi shirizu: Shin minami jujisei wa maneku”)
- 1967 / Color / 16mm (orig. 35mm) / 28 min

Planning: Japan Airlines
Production Company, Source: Japan Document Film

This film introduces Japan Airlines’ model itineraries for overseas travel in Southeast Asia. In Manila, the capital of the Philippines, we encounter sights like the Malacanang Palace, the Baclaran Market and the bamboo pipe organ in Las Pinas Church. In Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, temples, dance dramas, mendicant priests, the Pasteur Institute, the floating market and Thai kick-boxing are introduced. Then it’s on by air to Ankor Wat. In Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, we see a rubber plantation and Central Station. In Singapore, the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles and the Botanical Gardens, and in Indonesia, Borobudur Temple and Jakarta’s Tropical Botanical Gardens are all introduced. Balinese music and dance are also shown.

• Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works] Hiking Song | Shape without Shape | An Introduction to Radio: The Audience | School Broadcasting | The Geology of Fuji | Airspace [Pre-War Documentary Films] Shanghai | Peking | Fighting Soldiers | Kobayashi Issa [Post-War Documentary Films] A Japanese Tragedy | Children of the Base | The People of Sunagawa | Wheat Will Never Fall | Still It’s Good to Live | Record of Blood: Sunagawa | The World Is Terrified: The Reality of the “Ash of Death” | Living in a Rough Sea | Fluttering Pigeons | Voice of Hiroshima | Men Are All Brothers | Towards a World without Arms | All Must Live: People, Insects and Birds | All Living Things Are Friends—Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish [Feature Films] War and Peace | A Woman’s Life | Become a Mother, Become a Woman | Woman Walking Alone on the Earth [PR and Educational Films] Poem of Life | Invitation to Japanese Architecture | Penmanship | Quiet Construction Methods | Living with Ideas: A Profile of Sharp | Let’s Weave a Rainbow | Hong Kong, Taipei | Norihei Travel Manners | The Southern Cross Is Calling | Wishing for Tomorrow’s Happiness [Other Works] Underwear Makes the Woman | The Models and the Photographer | Kamei on Kamei: A Record of Yesterday’s Film Production Discussion Group | Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio