Nippon Suicide Pact(“Nihon Shinju”)
- Director: OURA Nobuyuki
2001 Japanese, Korean Subtitled in English Color Video 90 min
Production Company: Kunitachi
Producer: OURA Nobuyuki
Photography: TSUJI Tomohiko
Editing: NAKANISHI Yoshihisa, OURA Nobuyuki
Sound: KAWASHIMA Kazuyoshi
International Sales: Kunitachi Kobo
1-8-4 Shin-machi, Kokubunji, Tokyo 185-0004 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Yamagata IDFF 2001
[Synopsis] Artist’s interpretation of philosopher’s ideas, freely crossing over from interviews to fantasy.
In the spring of 2000, art and literary critic Haryu Ichiro traveled to Kwangju, Korea in conjunction with a program he was curating for the Kwangju Biennale, regarding art and human rights. This trip, a journey of reminiscence and imagination, was a culmination of his life and ideas. During his trip, it was as if the darkness of modern Japan was being summoned forth by his ideas and his fantasies to appear before our eyes, crossing the boundaries of Korean and Asian space and time. The film is a creative mandala of Haryu’s philosophy, using fiction and poetry, anecdotes and unconventional camerawork/lighting, sharply critcizing Japan’s post-war footsteps.
Known artist in fine arts field. Began filmmaking as well as painting and sculpture in his 20s. Silkscreen print series featuring the emperor called Keeping Perspective broke taboos and invited censorship. As a result, his works in the collection of the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art were sold off and 470 catalogues were incinerated. Other films include New Gulliver’s Travels (1974) and Keeping Perspective (1994).