tarouttt at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 27 04:13:46 EST 2005
I am writing a piece on Somai Shinji for the catalogue of the upcoming
Jeonju International Film Festival (April 28-May 6), which will show 8
Somai films in a retrospective.
One of the things I'm looking into is Somai's reception (or rather lack
thereof) outside of Japan, which already came up on this list a few days
Video and dvd-releases are one thing, but I was wondering if any of you
know of other festivals (or events) which have paid attention (gave prizes)
to Somai's work in the past, or places where his films got a theatrical
release. I've only heard of one retrospective organised by the Japan
Foundation in Germany a few years ago.
I wonder how much the reason why so little has been written about him in
the West has to do with the age to which the main part of his work belongs,
as the eighties in general are largely overlooked (or dismissed as the
decade when Japanese cinema was as good as dead).
Many thanks for any suggestions you may have,
Luk Van Haute
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