Documentary and experimental film in Japan during the 1960s
From September 27 to November 8, 2016

Le Bol (Wan), 1961

Masao Adachi

A proposal by Go Hirasawa, researcher at Meiji-Gakuin University, Tokyo, working on underground and experimental films and avant-garde art movements in 1960s and '70s Japan

 A radically different cinema emerges in the mid 1950s in Japan, alongside to the development of a new artistic avant-garde. In relation to a society in a searing metamorphosis, directors, artists and collectives wonder : how can one highlight a modernity under the american control and filled by violence ? What are the speacial features of the japanese case ?

These movies put the question of recording time in the heart of the new ways of writing. They transcend the cinematographic gesture by summoning the influence of photography, drama and daily scenes. The movie become a place of debate and the aethetic vector of new issues.

Tuesday September 27 – 8 PM

Document 1960 – Student protest and film groups

Founded in 1957 as an independant collective, the Cinematographic Researches Club of Nihon university established itself as the figurehead of the japanese cinematographic revival. In 1958, the collective produces Kugi to kutsushita no taiwa then Wan in 1961 which denounces the Japan state incapacity to protect its population from external threats. The collective member Motoharu Jōnouchi creates in the same time the research group, VAN. Committed in the war against the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security Between the United States and Japan, he directs Document 6.15 and Gewaltpia Yokoku whose psychedelic soundtrack comes with close-up shots of an extraordinary viokence.

Document 6.15 by Motoharu Jōnouchi, 1961, 16mm, n&b, mute, 19’
The Bowl (Wan) by Nihon University New Film Club, 1961, 16mm, n&b, sound, 25’
Gewaltpia Trailer (Gewaltpia Yokoku) by Motoharu Jōnouchi, 1969, 16mm, n&b, sound, 13’
Mourir un jour (Itsuka Shinu no ne) by Michiko Sasaki, 1967-1974, video, n&b, vostfr, 25’

Tuesday October 11 – 8 PM
On the battlefield

How can one report the torned everyday life between savage struggles and from day to day survival ? In Ishi no Uta, the director Toshio Matsumoto, seeking for a fusion between the avant-garde and the documentary, puts together portraits of workers in the quarry of Agi. Founder of the research group Ao no kai, Shinsuke Ogawa directed seven movies on the Sanrizuka battle in which he gets more and more closer to the alliance between farmers, workers and students against the construction of a new international airport in Narita, Tokyo.

The Song of Stone (Ishi no Uta) by Toshio Matsumoto,  1963, vidéo, n&b, son, 24’
Sanrizuka, the 3-Day War (Sanrizuka : dai sanji kyōsei sokuryō soshi tōsō) by Shinsuke Ogawa, 1970, 16mm, n&b, vo sous-titré anglais, 50’

Tuesday November 8 – 8 PM
Newsreel Japan

In the 1960s, the new japanese cinema became the champion of the anti-americanism. In 1964, following the order of the producer of Chicago Marv Gold, the critic and director Kenji Kanesaka directed Super Up. The movie gives a dirty look at the american society : segregation, racism, consumerism, police brutality, ultra-sexualization. In 1966; the director Masanori Ōe goes to New York. He is one of the first document the pacifist and hippies movements, for instance with Head Game where the camera flew above the crowd of the BE-IN festival in Central Park. In No Game, he records the protest in front the Pentagon for the International Anti-War Day. Back to Japan, he founds with Kenji Kanesaka and Takuma Nakahira (from Provoke), the group Newsreel Japan in line with Jonas Mekas's Newsreel.

Super Up by Kenji Kanesaka, 1964, video, couleur, sound, 12’
No game by Masanori Ōe, 1967, video, n&b, sound, 17’
Head Game by Masanori Ōe, 1967, video, couleur, sound, 10’
The Rope (Rōpu) by Toru Hamada et Takuma Nakahira, 1969, video, sound, 37’

Practical info

Cinéma des cinéastes
7, avenue de Clichy – 75017 Paris
screening : 9,50 euros full price
7,50 euros reduced price

Screening + exhibition at LE BAL :
11,50 euros




Between Protest and Performance - Photography in Japan 1960-1975

September 14 - December 11, 2016

Discussing Provoke

Two days of meetings and workshops to go along the exhibition at LE BAL

Thursday November 10, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Daido Moriyama / Scandalous

Gare de Paris-Est / Exhibition from September 19 to November 20, 2016

September 19 - November 20, 2016

Daido moriyama and Provoke

Meeting with Akio Nagasawa, Jean-Kenta Gauthier and Diane Dufour

Wednesday November 16, 2016 - 8 PM


Between Protest and Performance