Last year the idea of integrating the Siebold Museum as a venue into the International Film Festival was very well received. Despite some cinetically adverse circumstances, the Japan special was also a great success. So this year there is a new edition of the Japan series. Like the whole festival, it will be slimmed down a bit: We’ll have five films in this year’s program. But the cinematic experience will be a little more comfortable, namely with upholstered chairs, kindly supported by Jojo from the Posthalle.
The arc of the five films again tries to capture the entire social framework. For westerners this island and its code is not always easy to understand. But what can show this better than the cinema. Japan has produced outstanding directors for decades, who have influenced western cinema immensely. The films therefore span more than 60 years of film history.
- as early as 1958, the outstanding director Yasujiro Ozu made the detailed and sophisticated study “Equinox Flower” of generational conflicts, which has lost nothing of its topicality and also provides an excellent insight into traditional Japanese thinking.
- a milestone was set in 1966 by director Seijun Suzuki – his yakuza film “Tokyo Drifter“, first shown in German in 1990 and released on DVD in 2006, is a groundbreaking work of art, a visual magic, an avant-garde yakuza film in pop art mode.
- a rarely shown masterpiece from 1990 by Akira Kurosawa, one of the greats of Japanese cinema, his 29th film “Dreams” creates fantastic images in eight episodes, simply dreamlike.
- of course, the most original of all genre, the manga, should not be missing in such a special series. With the anime film “Your name” by director Makoto Shinkai from 2016, we are showing one of the most successful manga productions, which has been celebrated all over the world and will make even hard-boiled cineasts cry.
- of course, the kitchen should not be missing in such a special – “Ramen Shop” by director Eric Khoo from 2018 is a wrapped, illustrated cookbook with a heart-rending family history, so to speak.
Cinematically you can only wish good appetite!