Variant Phases

Director: KAWAGUCHI Hajime

2001 Japanese Subtitled in - Color Video 51 min

Production Company:
Producer: KAWAGUCHI Hajime
Photography: KAWAGUCHI Hajime
Editing: KAWAGUCHI Hajime
Music: J. S. Bach
Sound: KAWAGUCHI Hajime
  International Sales: KAWAGUCHI Hajime
Media Arts Studies, Tohoku University of Art & Design,
200 Kamisakurada, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata 990-2421 JAPAN
Phone: 81-236-27-2162
Fax: 81-236-27-2145
E-mail: kawa@cg.tuad.ac.jp

[Festivals and prizes] Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2001

[Synopsis] Film experiment composed of multi-phases subverts the concept of story-telling and reality.
“This is an undeniable fact.” “I am the creator of this film and story.”—Here we see an endless set of Chinese boxes, where the ‘story-teller’ who supposedly is in control of weaving the tale and thef film, is caught up in a meta-text and made subjective to his story. As the “phases” of this film proceed, we are offered feel-good tales, images, and music one after the other. But beware—if you indulge, you will be jolted awake by the bitter realization that the story is not real. .... But there is indeed a way out of this video forest, this forest of relativity. Just look up at the blue sky, hear the wind, listen to the quivering humming of a human voice...


Born in Tokyo in 1967. Participated in the independent animation club at Kokubunji High School before entering Kyushu Institute of Design in Fukuoka, where he encountered experimental film. Since starting to make films as a freshman in 1987, has created predominantly film and video works based onthe theme of world exploration. Member of the filmmakers’ group Film Makers Field. In 1993, moved to Yamagata, where he teaches at a university and continues to make films. Major works include Phases of Real (1997), AQUARIUM (1991) and filmy (1988). Has made about 30 films to date.