Men with Movie Cameras—Shooting the Great Kanto Earthquake

(Camera o motta otokotachi: Kantodaishinsai o toru)

JAPAN / 2022 / Japanese / Color, B&W / DCP / 81 min

- Director, Script: Inoue Minoru
Photography: Fujiwara Yukihito, Nakai Masayoshi, Konno Seiki
Music: Shimizu Kentaro
Calligraphy: Komiya Kyusen
Narration: Doi Mika
Sound Design: Kurosawa Michio
Grading: Muraishi Makoto
Producer: Murayama Hideyo
Production Company, World Sales: Documentary Film Preservation Center

It has been one hundred years since the Great Kanto Earthquake killed more than 100,000 people. Three men turned on their cameras of their own volition, in a mortally dangerous determination to capture the ensuing conflagrations. This work asks us to consider the meaning of recorded images that convey the thoughts and feelings of the filmmakers across generations.

- Inoue Minoru

Born in Nagoya in 1965. Inoue joined Gentosha, a production company headed by Maeda Katsuhiro, and later worked as an assistant director to Inudo Isshin and Matsukawa Yasuo before directing his first production, NON, in 1992. Since then, he has worked on documentary films that utilize records of traditional culture and archival footage. Inoue’s documentary film about Takagi Ryutaro, known for his production work with Tsuchimoto Noriaki, called The Power of Expression: The Minamata Producer Speaks (2016), was screened as YIDFF 2017’s closing film.