Too often, we see ‘art’ (in the very loosest sense of the word) in the service of the state: film as propaganda has been with us as long as moviemaking. The likes of Black Hawk Down pitch the idealistic self-image of the world’s only hyperpower as truth, pretending to chronicle real events in a credible way. And even if we don’t all recognise propaganda when we see it, we know that it exists.
Art (in a stricter sense) in the … (read more)
Once a successful businessman, Yosuke is now unemployed and penniless. Taro, a friend, tells him about a golden Buddha he hid in an old wooden house overlooking a red bridge on the Noto Peninsula of the Japan Sea. After Taro dies, Yosuke heads off in the hope of finding the treasure and turning his life around, and meets a beautiful woman named Saeko who lives in an old wooden house, just as Taro described. Saeko confides in him that she … (read more)