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Back to home, after my brief partying at the neighborhood cafe, JISEUL still haunts me with its black-and-white images, close-up of eyes, breath, blood, bodies, caves and forest, sky and sea, and some extremely hurting memory about an incident that I have never been part of. I was thinking of responding to FUJIKI sensei yet overwrote, so I just count is as a piece of review.

attention: spoilers for JISEUL followed; please do NOT read if you haven't watched the film. 


indeed so. taboo topics under military rule. City of Sadness and JISEUL. JISEUL and the DITCH (ワン・ビン『無言歌』)


Nevertheless, my mention of DITCH here is less meant for comparison than asking of the question of how to "remember" history and how to deal with taboo, trauma and the historical un-presentability/under-representability cinematically. Wang Bing's feature also deals with the semi-taboo theme in contemporary China during the famine years prior to the Cultural Revolution (lots of intellectuals in those labour camps died of hunger). aesthetically and stylistically, JISEUL shares DITCH's documentary realism in staging the condition of "BARE LIFE" ( Agamben) for the rightist intellectuals, and for the jeju islanders--JISEUL in Jeju dialect means POTATO, and potatoes have become some vital visual idiom for this film: a more accurate way to put it might be that the islanders are mostly living in fear and unknown threat, which including the worries for food. In the DITCH, a major theme is about food and its scarcity (newly buried bodies would also be dug out for food); people make the efforts to run away, yet in vain...


Both films depict the "underground" condition of life and living, although one is the island, another is the northwestern China's barren land. The mise-en-scene of JISEUL sometimes resembles that of the theater staging (tableau vivant)--visually it mimics the still life, for sure not for superficial classicism, but winkles with postmodernist irony; there's also the space for sympathy, where it is least possible situation to eulogize human dignity : people must accomodate themselves into the caves and holes to hide away from the soldiers; torso twisted, limbs overlapped. 


and for sure, JISEUL is meant to be a feature film that revokes the memories about the massacre, which might still be unknown to lots of people even in Asia (think of the fact that in Japan, a large proportion of ZAINICHI are actually having their families fleeing from jeju from that conjuncture).

Compared to HHH's City of Sadness, which I think is an epic, modernist film, JISEUL is much wilder, bizarre and full of insanity and irrationality--  (which might be closer to Jiang Wen's DEVILS AT THE DOORSTEP)---that's the insanity which  killed the islanders under the evil "scorching the land policy", and the insanity leading to the killing among countrymen.  

All its subtitles for the 4 episode--神位 神廟 飲福 燒紙 mark out the film itself as part of the ritual in memory of the deceased; and its folklore/superstitious connotation also again reminds of the work as part of the "offerings" from the living for the island and its people. 

The whole work does not attempt to interweave into itself the  events and incidents chronologically as HHH's film would; time even does not allow the narrative of a family to unfold in its elegiacal way in JISEUL.
The film stands out as a drama of absurdity, which impresses you as something farthest from historical reflection upon the massacre, yet it is exactly in its absurdity,in its non-linearality, in its dusty face, its heavy feet and its bloody body, that the spirit of history is returned.  

May the deceased rest in peace. 


(yet, it is my guts feeling that JISEUL also struggles to aestheticize more and even dramatize (like the OST music it is using). the fact that it won the top award in SUNDANCE might say something about it.) 
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thank you +Hideaki Fujiki and i enjoy exchanging ideas with you! 
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we will have an international symposium in the coming weeks...titled "Foreigners in the Cities"---and my friends at NYC has recently curated a programme which rightly speaks to our theme  "WE LANDED/I WAS BORN/PASSING BY: NEW YORK’S CHINATOWN ON SCREEN" actually I'm thinking of having Lynn Sachs "My Night is your Day" screened someday at Nagoya U. http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/series/42109
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film screening! dear everyone, we have a screening (warming up for my seminar, but I reserved a classroom for my students anyways) and if you are free, please join us!!! Title: Sleepless Town, Dir. Chi-ngai Lee, 1998
Screening on January 10th, Room 237, 4:30 pm  

眠らない街、新宿・歌舞伎町を舞台に、中国系マフィアの抗争に巻き込まれるアウトローの生と愛をかけた闘いを描くハードボイルド。監督は「世界の涯てに」の李志毅。吉川英治文学新人賞を受賞した馳星周による同名長編小説を、「私たちが好きだったこと」の野沢尚と李自身が共同脚色。撮影監督に「プロジェクト・イーグル」の黄岳泰があたっている。主演は「初恋」の金城武と、「三毛猫ホームズの推理」の山本未来。
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今晩のnhk名古屋放送の"旧ソ連 28歳になりました”(Born in USSR 28 up)というドキュメンタリー映画はとても共感を持っています(which makes me think of the postsocialist China)。I watched the full english-sub version at youTube. they shoot the kids since when they were 7 (so there would be one episode about them every 7 years, when they were 7-when there was still USSR then 14, 21 and now 28---USSR is gone!) 28 up - Born in the USSR (FULL version, English subs) Part 1  DO NOT MISS THEM!!
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went to Tokyo for a two-day trip; 4 films at Filmex, and 0.3 films at Chinese Indie Film Festival at Tokyo; one French feature plus short film at Eurospace at Shibuya[Le Naufragé / Un monde sans femmes by Guillaume BRAC http://unifrance.jp/festival/2013/films/06.html ], BRILLIANT films by genius!!!!  

"Iloilo" by Anthony Chan has been pretty rewarding (since I got up at 6am to catch Shinkansen). The Chinese title simply means "father and mother are not home" (爸妈不在家), while the Pinoy domestic helper and Boy's bond has been approached with great sensibility, Chan's critique of Singaporean authoritarianism and its problematic if not superficial promotion of "racial harmony"  smells of Eric Khoo. 

Nevertheless, "a time in quchi" (暑期作业)by Taiwanese filmmaker Chang Tso-chi is a total failure for me, though I have always been his big fan. And am wondering whether FIlmex keeping him in the competition category an actually patronising rather than benign gesture?

My Name is mmm.... by agnès b (her debut) is....OK. But I highly disagree with its ending.... hope you could catch it up soon.http://www.filmlinc.com/nyff2013/films/nyff51-live-agnes-b-my-name-is-hmmm
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"中国ニューインディペンデント映画の現在"上映会 Nights of New Chinese Independent Cinema   Folks please spread the words!!!!
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#HKIFF   watched some Japanese films; this BE MY BABY (恋の渦), directed by Hitoshi Ohne(大根仁) is not that new(released in 2013); was screened at the venue that could accommodate the largest number of audience (HKIFF puts lots of popular films here; by "popular" I do not necessarily mean commercial films).

BE MY BABY basically tells you how messy the relationship could be among a small group of friends; intense, fast-pacing editing; largely interior setting (cramped J-apartment); yes, sex, yes betrayal, and yes, rumour, gossip, trashing your partner and only live for the moment (almost all the male protagonists have no permanent jobs)

amazingly the screen playwright for BE MY BABY is DAISUKE MIURA(三浦大辅) I learnt from a friend who was a jury at the 2012 F/T festival (performing arts festival) at Tokyo that Castle of Dream directed by MIURA was unbelievably challenging and thought-provoking. 8 performers are trapped in the same suffocating space to live, talk and make love.


the cultural breeding across genres--particularly from drama to cinema has been observed with several indie Japanese films I've seen recently. want to learn more. 

i highly recommend this film to everybody

#三浦大輔 #Japanese_Cinema  
 
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we went to watch "Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry" yesterday at Cinematique. finally I could read again my friend Shelly Kraicer's brilliant (and insightful, given that he had been living in Beijing for years) review on this 2012 documentary (I have the full version, if you want I could mail you)...and indeed I believe Ai himself has explained pretty well the contradictions and ambiguities of his artistic/activist activities. 
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http://savetheclubnoon.com/ went to watch this documentary at Cinematique. superb mixture of the best level of indie music as generated from Club Noon at Osaka, and the activist impulse on the artists' part in winning the freedom ---not only for the right to DANCE, but the freedom to occupy the space for artistic expression; Miyamoto has done a great job: beyond presenting music as something to be physically experienced rather than to be listened to(henceforth the necessity for the club), and the medium via which to meet people, this documentary has potentially questioned the nation's lawmaking. also, i've been to this club, which is indeed super cool.
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everyone, check out Google Doodle logo today ; ) It's Ozu!!!
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「未完の対局」reminds me of  "the Go Master" (呉清源)by Tian Zhuangzhuang (once one of the Fifth Generation avant garde filmmakers); in which there is a particular scene at the Onsen spot he walks into Japanese crowds celebrating the empire's victories (in China). Tian handles it with great subtlety, while the genius 呉清源 is simply lost in his world of Go, where politics is less relevant... 

also recall a novel "La Joueuse de go"『碁を打つ女』 by French Chinese writer Shan Sa (in both French and Chinese) 
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screening event at Tokyo, while I could only recommend 友川カズキ 花々の過失(seemingly the only doc I saw from this highly diverse line-up ; ) Tomogawa could speak endlessly about his anger and disappointment about this country at his gag. I admire him a lot.
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haven't watched each and every film....would try my best to catch up....
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