Princess Plum P-udding

(“Hime korogashi”)
Director: TERASHIMA Mari

1999 Japanese Subtitled in English Color Video 35 min

Production Company:
Producer: TERASHIMA Mari
Photography: TERASHIMA Mari, ABE Yukiko
Editing: TERASHIMA Mari
Sound: TERASHIMA Mari, KIZU Yuji
  International Sales: TERASHIMA Mari
E-mail: mariyumi@sf7.so-net.ne.jp

[Festivals and prizes] Image Forum Festival ’99, Yamagata IDFF ’99, Thai Short Film Festival 2000

[Synopsis] Video artist’s playful collaboration with a friend subverts images of the grotesque and discriminated.
In 19th century Europe, photographs of the “grotesque” such as deformed bodies and corpses were popular and enthusiastically traded and collected. In contemporary Japan, a video about voluptuous little Sayomi who loves to collect Mickey Mouse paraphernalia—how do people look at her as she sways to Baroque in a white negligee? Do modern-day cavaliers court her? Will her domineering mother save her from evil eyes? The director hands her the video camera and attempts to present the world through her perspective. She dresses her up in extravagance, shows off her glamorous presence, and proves that she is no sissy object or victim—she is larger than life.


Graduated from Kyoto College of Art in 1989. Won Grand Prize at the Image Forum Festival in 1991. Annual screening at the Image Forum Film Festival since 1991. Installation work exhibited in the Mito Annual ’92 at the Art Tower Mito, in 1992. Film Screened at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival in 1995. Work has toured around the world under the auspices of The Japan Foundation since 1997.