[KineJapan] New Japanese Films at Shanghai

Markus Nornes nornes at umich.edu
Sat Jul 25 13:01:35 EDT 2020

Shanghai Int'l FF just opened. They breached the 500-film level a few years
ago and it's unclear how large a festival they are shooting for this time
around. It is in person, but with limited seating (30%), temperature
taking, mandatory masking and no foreign guests. There are a ton of
Japanese films this year.

In the competition: “One Summer Story” by Okita Shuichi, and
“Tracing Her Shadow,” a Sino-Japanese co-production from Pengfei.
Animation competition: “Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop,” by Japan’s Ishiguro
Kyohei. Documentary competition: Minamata Mandala by Hara Kazuo

Asian New Talent: “Daughters,” from Japan’s Tsuda Hajime

Retrospectives of Kon Satoshi, Kitano Takeshi  and Shochiku.

Master classes by Japanese helmers Kore-eda and Kawase.

Soda's Zero, Sabu's Dancing Mary, Sakamoto. Junji's I Never Shot Anyone,
Obayashi's Labrynth of Cinema, Suwa's Voices in the Wind and others.

4k restorations of Kawashima's Elegant Beast and Masumura's Irezumi.

A bunch more.

The one I'm most curious about is Hara's Minamata Mandala. He's been
working on this for 15+ years. It sounds like it's over 6 hours long, and
SIFF will have an online dialogue between Hara and Wu Wenguang.

This and the master classes will all be online. I'm trying to find out if
they will be opened up globally.



*Markus Nornes*
*Professor of Asian Cinema*
Department of Film, Television and Media, Department of Asian Languages and
Cultures, Penny Stamps School of Art & Design

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