[KineJapan] Sheffield Docfest - Minamata Mandala

William C. Thompson wct1 at columbia.edu
Mon May 24 11:33:37 EDT 2021


For a mad filmmaker like Kazuo Hara, doesn't a mad dash to a seemingly
distant place seem more appropriate even if it is less desirable.

Anyway, those of us stateside will be able to view the film through the
Japan Society's virtual screenings from June 4 - July 2.  Its series
"Cinema as Struggle: The Films of Kazuo Hara and Sachiko Kobayashi" will
celebrate the 50th anniversary of Shissho Productions, Hara and Kobayashi's
independent film company, with a complete retrospective of their work.


The Japan Society is currently screening three sports films in honor of the
anticipated (?) Olympics thru May 28th, and will also stream Obayashi's War
Trilogy from July 9 - August 6.


I believe all these streamings are restricted to the United States.

Bill Thompson
wct1 at columbia.edu

On Mon, May 24, 2021 at 10:52 AM Roger Macy via KineJapan <
kinejapan at mailman.yale.edu> wrote:

> To answer my own question, I can also book to watch online (£5).
> The viewing conditions then are :-
>  Available until 16 Jun 2021. You will not be able to view the content
> after this.
>   Once selected, your film will become available for viewing following
> its cinema screening in Sheffield and remain available in your library
> for 10 days. Once you press play, the watch window begins and you have 30
> hours to watch the film.  ...
> you must be located within the UK to watch films on Selects. If you are
> not located within the UK, you will not see a watch or play button on
> Selects.
> Roger
> On Monday, 24 May 2021, 01:27:26 BST, Roger Macy via KineJapan <
> kinejapan at mailman.yale.edu> wrote:
> Dear All,
> The programme for Sheffield Docfest has been announced
> https://sheffdocfest.com/festival/2021/explore/film-programme?page=0 .
> Considering one of the curators is now Japanese, I can’t find as many
> Japanese films as I hoped. There is:-
> *Double Layered Town / Making a Song to Replace Our Positions *
> https://sheffdocfest.com/film/double-layered-town-making-song-replace-our-positions
> by Haruka Komori + Natsumi Seo, which sounds like it might be called a
> fictional film,
> and Hara Kazuo’s *Minamata Mandala*
> https://sheffdocfest.com/film/minamata-mandala, running at 6 hours, 12
> minutes on the final non-competition day, 13th June. As it’s a Sunday,
> the first train from London would get me there an hour late. Does anyone
> have the experience to say whether watching a mere five and a quarter hours
> at the end would make a rational viewing experience ?
> Roger
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