[KineJapan] Kawase to direct Olympics doc

Earl Jackson earljac at gmail.com
Sat Oct 27 22:29:03 EDT 2018

I absolutely agree with your objections, Aaron. We really need Ichikawa Kon
back to make that kind of political insertion.
His opening salvo in the 1964 film has always stayed with me.
Earl Jackson
Chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures
National Chiao Tung University
Associate Professor, Emeritus
University of California, Santa Cruz
Trans-Asia Screen Cultures Institute

On Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 10:25 AM Gerow Aaron <aaron.gerow at yale.edu> wrote:

> Fred,
> First and foremost is that many of the people I am connected to are
> against the Olympics itself. Kawase, to them, should be filming the
> neglected people of Fukushima, Okinawa, or Kumamoto and not latch onto the
> officialdom who is neglecting those people. (In some ways, this reminds me
> of the furor over Expo 70, when some filmmakers objected to Matsumoto
> Toshio and others deciding to collaborate with the Expo.) One friend on FB
> said it would be great if Kawase slyly put in messages about how the
> Olympics are actually hurting the people of Fukushima in her documentary,
> but that friend very much doubts that will happen: Kawase has been largely
> a-political in her filmmaking and has often been willing to serve on
> government committees.
> Some colleagues suggested the comparison between Kawase and Leni
> Riefenstahl, perhaps implying that this is a woman filmmaker interested in
> art who doesn’t have a problem working for a regime with fascist tendencies
> if it can allow her to make films.
> Also, some have speculated about why Kawase got the nod. One rumor that
> was reported—and all I can say is that it is a rumor—is that Abe Akie, the
> wife of the prime minister, is a big fan of Sweet Bean, and has often cited
> it in speeches.
> And frankly, there are a lot of people out there who don’t like Kawase
> personally. Earl has just mentioned one of many incidents news of which has
> spread through the grapevine.
> I should stress that I am here just reporting some of what I have read. I
> don’t attest to the veracity of all of it, or agree with all of it. But I
> do think the first one is a major issue: collaborating with a godawful
> boondoggle that is literally hurting people is problem. If she could turn
> that around and criticize the Olympics in her own documentary, that would
> be wonderful. But I very much doubt that will happen.
> Aaron
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