Art X War and Linda Hoaglund at FCCJ

jesty at jesty at
Mon Sep 6 10:25:04 EDT 2010

Dear all,

For anyone who's going to the upcoming Toronto film festival, the film's also going to be screening there.

It's incredible. Catch it if you can.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:08:14 +0900
>From: owner-KineJapan at (on behalf of Eija Niskanen <eija.niskanen at>)
>Subject: Art X War and Linda Hoaglund at FCCJ  
>To: KineJapan at
>Dear all,
>Tokyo FFCJ asked me to post this.
>Dear KineJapanners,
>Again, we have a sneak preview opportunity at the Foreign
>Correspondents' Club of Japan.  Please email Karen Severns if you'd
>like to attend.  The FCCJ is a private club, so a reservation through
>Karen is necessary: kjs30 at
>Followed by a Q&A session with director Linda Hoaglund
>WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 7 pm  20th floor
>ANPO: ART X WAR   USA/Japan, 2010  89 minutes
>In Japanese and English with English subtitles
>Produced and directed by Linda Hoaglund
>With appearances by: Tadanori Yokoo, Eikoh Hosoe, Hiroshi Nakamura,
>Makoto Aida, Miyako Ishiuchi, Kikuji Yamashita, Tatsuo Ikeda, Tokiko
>Kato, Mao Ishikawa, Shomei Tamotsu, Kazuyoshi Kushida
>Film courtesy of Uplink
>The Movie Committee is pleased to host this special screening of Anpo:
>Art X War, and to welcome filmmaker Linda Hoaglund back to the FCCJ
>for what is sure to be a spirited post-screening dialogue.
>Hoaglund’s debut as director, Anpo depicts resistance to U.S. military
>bases in Japan through a collage of paintings, photographs and films
>by Japan’s foremost contemporary artists. The artwork vividly
>resurrects a forgotten period of Japan’s history, while highlighting
>the insidious effects of “Anpo,” Japanese shorthand for the U.S.-Japan
>Mutual Security Treaty. The treaty permits the continued presence of
>90 U.S. military bases in Japan, and 36,000 soldiers.
>“Japan’s relationship with America has always been complicated,” muses
>contemporary artist Makoto Aida, “always vacillating between love and
>hate…” The film briefly surveys the contemporary impact of the 30 U.S.
>military bases in Okinawa, where the Futenma base issue was a recent
>flashpoint, before traveling back to 1960, when hundreds of thousands
>of Japanese citizens from all walks of life came together in a
>democratic uprising against the treaty. They were eventually crushed
>by then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, backed by the C.I.A. As Tim
>Weiner, author of Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA, comments in
>the film: “During the Cold War, the U.S. would work with any son of a
>bitch, as long as he was anti-Communist.”
>But the movement endured to resurface in protests against the Vietnam
>War. It also left an indelible mark on the creative output of the
>artists who participated, many of whom eventually rose to
>international prominence. Anpo tells these artists' stories through
>their paintings, photographs and films, most of which have been hidden
>from public view for over half a century intercut with their creators,
>as a representation of a still-militarized Japan reeling from the
>psychic wounds inflicted by American occupiers.
>Producer-director Linda Hoaglund was born in Kyoto to American
>missionary parents and educated in rural Japan before studying at Yale
>University. She is a noted translator and expert on Japanese cinema,
>and has subtitled over 200 films, including celebrated works by Akira
>Kurosawa, Hayao Miyazaki, Hirokazu Kore-eda and Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
>Previously, she produced and wrote the documentary film Wings of
>Defeat (2007), which received the Erik Barnouw Award for Best Film
>about American History.
>Eija Niskanen
>Baltic Sea - Japan Film Project
>Kichijoji Honcho 4-12-6
>Tokyo 180-0004

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