A Program of Japanese Avant-Garde Films
Taka Iimura, one of Japan's leading avant-garde filmmakers, tonight presents a program of recent Japanese experimental films. The program was first shown in 1979 at the International Avant-Garde Film Festival in London, organized by the British Film Institute, and at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris.
The film makes an anti-nuclear statement, combining photographs of birds in flight and of H-bomb clouds, with constant camera vibrations.
• A film by Yoichi Nagata. (1978, 3 mins)
Stills of the filmmaker are animated and juxtaposed with live shots of the filmmaker in a highly “structuralist” method.
• A film by Isao Kota. (1977, 12 mins)
Like the Train is Passing
Reflections of trains passing outside of a home are recorded as they are seen on the interior windows and walls.
• A film by Kohei Ando. (1978, 3 mins)
Diary-like shots, filmed separately by two filmmakers, are integrated into one whole.
• A film by Nobuhiro Kawanaka and Sakumi Hagiwara. (1979, 26 mins)
Sunrise and sunset at the horizon are seen through camera movements and exposure changes.
• A film by Hiroshi Yamazaki. (1979, 5 mins)
Space-like, spiral, video-synthesized images are superimposed with a sphere to manipulate the movement of perspective.
• A film by Toshio Matsumoto. (1978, 3 mins)
Summer is Gone
Continuous repetitions of camera movements and live actions such as a girl picking up bread, bouncing a ball, ascending stairs, descending a slope, and crossing the frame alone or with others.
• A film by Masanobu Nakamura. (1978, 30 mins)