Forest Stories
Fri Jun 1 05:25:50 EDT 2007

I think I know the answer to this. High School Guerilla was filmed near
Gotemba at the foot of Mount Fuji, which I guess is also the same as the
Jukai, although the significance of Mt Fuji is more important than the
significance of the jukai forest in Adachi's film.
You can find more info about Jukai on the ever-useful Wikipedia:

Obviously the Jukai is a popular suicide spot nowadays, but I am wondering
when it got this reputation. Was it quite recent perhaps, after Adachi made
his film in the 60s?

Following on with the discussion two easily available horror films spring to
mind. The first is Ryuhei Kitamura's VERSUS, a viewing experience I really
wouldnt wish on anyone, and the second, Masao Harada's INUGAMI.

On the subject of Naomi Kawase, I seem to remember a lot of wooded scenes in
HOTARU, if you are lucky enough to ever get a chance to see it.

Takahisa Zeze's A GAP IN THE SKIN (see Midnight Eye review) features some
particularly lush foliage and images of overripe tomatoes. I understand the
film is coming out on DVD in the UK soon from Salvation, under the alternate
translation of the title CREVICE OF SKIN.

Another obvious film is Kohei Oguri's BURIED FOREST.

I'm sure many more will spring to mind as the morning wears on!



>Takimoto Tomoyuki's Ki no umi ( is an
interesting film about the Jukai, the deep forest at the foot of Mt. Fuji

>I'm curious. Is this the same forest as Jogakusei >Guerilla?M

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