The New God

(“Atarashii kamisama”)
Director: TSUCHIYA Yutaka

1999 Japanese Subtitled in English Color Video 99 min

Production Company: W-TV OFFICE
Producer: TSUCHIYA Yutaka
Photography: TSUCHIYA Yutaka, AMEMIYA Karin, ITO Hidehito
Editing: TSUCHIYA Yutaka
Music: KATO Takeshi (Rebel Blue)
Sound: TSUCHIYA Yutaka
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[Festivals and prizes] Yamagata IDFF ’99 (FIPRESCI Special Mention), Berlin (Forum) ’00, Hong Kong ’00, Jeonju ’00

[Synopsis] A real-life collaboration between a nationalist punk band and a leftwing filmmaker against the Emperor.
As a teenager, Karin had problems finding a meaning to her existence in society and repeatedly attempted suicide. It was the philosophy of the ultra right-wing nationalists that saved her. She and her “comrade” Ito put together a band and started playing nationalist punk music. Left-wing filmmaker Tsuchiya, an unbending anti-imperialist, decides to give Karin a video camera to shoot herself and her daily life, and starts up a peculiar three-way relationship with the couple. Camera on board, Karin travels to North Korea and meets former Red Army terrorists who fled from Japan aboard a hijacked plane thirty years ago.


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? (’93), What Do You Think About the War Responsibility of Emperor Hirohito? <Part Yasukuni, Aug. 15, 1996> (’97), and Ryoko, 21 Years Old (’98).

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