Isao Yamada1991-2000ArthouseDramaJapan

Isao Yamada – Anmonaito no sasayaki wo kiita AKA I’ve Heard the Ammonite Murmur (1992) (HD)

A fantasy story based on the relationship between Kenji Miyazawa and his younger sister Toshi. This is the first 35mm film written and directed by Isao Yamada, who has created a unique world with his 8mm and 16mm short films. Tomohiro Aso is in charge of photography, and Simon Turner of “The Garden” is in charge of the music.

Ammonites were a kind of snail-like precursor to today’s mollusks, common in the seas of the Cretaceous period, many millions of years ago. They are among the most commonly found fossils, so they must have been extremely plentiful. In this meditative and largely unstructured first feature, a young geologist is traveling by train to visit his sister in the countryside after having received a disturbing and mysterious letter from her. As he travels, he remembers his childhood fixation with rocks, nurtured by his mother, and his very strong affection for his sister.’


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