Fri Jan 21 18:10:51 EST 2000
I was looking over some old film catalogs this evening and had a question:
Whatever happened to Kenchi Iwamoto?
I've seen and enjoyed both his "Kikuchi" (aka Tokyo Cleaning Man, 1991) and
"Korako zaru" (aka Monkeys in Paradise, 1993). I believe these were the first
two parts in a projected trilogy. Also, if I remember correctly, during the
Q&A after "Korako zaru" he said he was now based out of New York. He really
seemed like a filmmaker to watch. Is he still working in the industry?
Also I wanted to give a small plug for Mark Schilling's "Contemporary
Japanese Cinema." I'm up to "T" in the reviews section and I've been enjoying
the book immensely. My biggest complaint is that it's depressing to read
about so many films that I'll have little chance of ever seeing - although I
have been able to find a good number of otherwise unknown films available as
import VCDs from Hong Kong.
Aside for a couple mistakes I've found it also appears to be factually
correct - a quality other book in the genre ave lacked. I can't throw away my
"Japanese Cinema: The Essential Handbook" yet but thankfully I won't need to
refer to it nearly as often.
tkbowman at aol.com
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