Shinsuke Ogawa – Nihon Kaiho sensen: Sanrizuka no natsu AKA The Battle for the Liberation of Japan: Summer in Sanrizuka (1968)

In 1968, Ogawa decided to form Ogawa Productions and locate it at the newly announced construction site of Narita International Airport in a district called Sanrizuka. Ogawa chose to locate his company in the most radical of the villages, Heta. Some farmers immediately sold their land; others vehemently protested and drew the support of social movements across the country. Together they clashed with riot police sent in to protect surveyors, who were plotting out the airport. Summer in Sanrizuka is a messy film – its chaos communicating the passions and actions on the ground. Read More »

    Yoshishige Yoshida – Amai yoru no hate AKA Bitter End of a Sweet Night (1961)

    Plot: An ambitious department store worker endeavors to improve his station in life
    by manipulating women to get what he wants – money that is. Read More »

      Shigeaki Hidaka & William Ross – Dai-sanji sekai taisen: Yonju-ichi jikan no kyofu AKA World War III Breaks Out (1960)

      With the memory of WW II still fresh in Japan in1960, the atmosphere is unsettled as the specter of renewed world nuclear conflict is once again in the air. When a US military aircraft carrying a nuclear weapon inexplicably explodes over a river crossing the line of demarcation between South and North Korea during South Korean military exercises in the area, tension between Cold War antagonists rise to new heights, involving Japan directly because of the American military bases they host. As accusations of blame are traded back and forth, the movie tracks the increasingly volatile situation through the eyes of a group of Japanese high school students and their families, a newspaper reporter and his idealistic nurse girlfriend, and a Christian troubadour and his invalid wife. Read More »

        Hirokazu Koreeda – Going My Home (2012)

        Ryota, a timid salaryman who has difficulties fitting in at home and work has his average life changed after his estranged father falls ill. Along with his wife Sae and their only child Moe, he travels to his father’s country town, where he begins to uncover his father’s mysterious past spent searching for a mythical creature. Read More »

          Toshiya Fujita – Virgin Blues (1974)

          One entry of a trilogy of Seishun Kayo Eiga (youth film featuring songs) directed by Toshiya Fujita with Kumiko Akiyosh Read More »

            Barbara Hammer – Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions (2000)

            Shinsuke Ogawa began his career in filmmaking in the early 1960’s, directing industrial films for Japanese public relations firms, but he had a desire to make films of greater consequence, and left his job to become an independent documentarian. Ogawa examined the rise of the Student Left in Japan in 1966’s Sea of Youth and 1967’s The Oppressed Students, and in 1968, as protest among the young became an international phenomenon, Ogawa and a handful of like-minded young filmmakers set up a collective house in rural Sanrizuka. A growing number of young activist filmmakers joined Ogawa in their new home, where they made documentaries focusing on the battle between the builders of Toyko International Airport and the farmers who would be displaced by the project and refused to leave. Read More »

              Jun’ichirô Ôshige – Ogawa puro hômon-ki AKA A Visit to Ogawa Productions (1981)

              Nagisa Oshima visits Ogawa Productions and shares a series of wide-ranging, in-depth conversations with director Shinsuke Ogawa in 1981.

              In 1981 film director Nagisa Oshima – the ‘New Wave’ Japanese director best known in this country for films such as Cruel Story of Youth (1960), In the Realm of the Senses (1976), and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) – traveled to the Yamagata countryside to visit the documentary filmmaking collective led by Shinsuke Ogawa (1935-1992), who was then in the midst of filming A Japanese Village – Furuyashikimura, a feature-length documentary chronicling the seasonal cycle of rice growing. Read More »