The New God
JAPAN / 1999 / Japanese / Color / Video / 99 min

Director, Script, Sound, Editing:
Tsuchiya Yutaka
Photography, Narration: Amamiya Karin, Ito Hidehito, Tsuchiya Yutaka
Music: Kato Takeshi (Rebel Blue)
Production Company, Source: W-TV OFFICE
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Phone: 81-3-3711-5649
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E-mail: yt_w-tv@st.rim.or.jp

Tsuchiya Yutaka

Born in 1966. Began video production in earnest from 1990. Started releasing the shareware free-video WITHOUT TELEVISION in 1994. From 1998 supervised the independent video circulation project VIDEO ACT! Continues activities to broaden the network of media activists. Principal works include Identity? (1993), What Do You Think About the War Responsibility of Emperor Hirohito? <Part Yasukuni, Aug. 15, 1996> (1997, Screened at YIDFF ' 97 Japanese Panorama) and Ryoko, 21 Years Old (1998).

From fin-de-siècle Japan, miscommunication and comical interaction between an ultra-nationalist punk band and a left-wing filmmaker who opposes the Emperor system. Through the odd exchange arises a picture of the Japanese today, desperate to find a place of solid grounding.

Director's Statement

You who were born in Japan, what do you think of your country, of things Japanese? Such matters do not concern you, perhaps? Regardless of what you do, this society will not change - have you never felt this kind of despair and nothingness? Weary of the compulsion of capitalism driving you to consumption after consumption, have you never at the instant of trying to step back noticed your own empty self? When you lost sight of your self-worth, I expect that you, too, thought of such things as cutting your wrists, or hiring yourself out through a telephone sex club, or trying a tattoo. Probably.
I made this film because I wanted to probe such matters, I think.
As the modern narrative of nation, company, school and family breaks down, we have begun to question the individual's sense of values. To me that may be a harsh thing, yet it's a happy one. For surely the nation is not something far off in the distance, but here and now, arising from the connection between individuals like me and you. If we begin from there, I believe that society will change and we'll be able to feel our own worth as real.
But now once again the reactionary movement that seeks to reproduce the nationalistic narrative is intense. And I am not confident that I am as an individual truly autonomous.
Who on earth is "The New God"?
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