AKAI TAMA / BLOOD BEAD

2015, Colour, Japan, World Greats

 

Production Team

Director : Banmei Takahashi

Screenwriter : Banmei Takahashi

Cinematographer : Shinji Ogawa

Editor : Kan Suzuki

Cast : Eiji Okuda, Fujiko, Tasuku Emoto, Keiko Takahashi, Ryushi Mizukami, Yukino Murakami, Shota Hanaoka, Shiori Doi, Naho Yamada

Music : Gora Yasukawa

Film production and Sales : Prod.: Takahito Obinata, Blow Up Co., Ltd., Tokyo (Japon) / Shibuya Production Co., Ltd., shibuyapro@clock.ocm.na.ja / Laughter Co., Ltd..


 

Synopsis

Tokita, already into his middle age, has been teaching at a film school in Kyoto for a while. He would prefer to be directing films rather than teaching about them but it pays the bills and life isn’t bad. Indeed, he is having an affair with Yui, the pretty secretary of the film school. Still, the fact that he hasn’t been able to finish his script and find funding for his project nags him enormously. He is a filmmaker not a schoolteacher... Then, on the street, he runs into a striking young high school girl and his life changes. Not necessaily for the better. He is immediately smitten with Ritsuko. He begins to stalk her. He becomes delusional. His life itself becomes a film. And its ending has not been written.

 

Director

Born in Nara prefecture, Japan in 1949, Banmei Takahashi dropped out of university to begin his directing career in “pink films” (soft-core erotic films), making his debut in the genre with FUJO BOKOHAN DASSO (1972). After a decade in the genre, he made his first “general” feature in 1982, TATOO ARI, then specialized in “straight-to-video” films for several years before returning to theatrical fare. Among his credits: OKAMI (1982), DOOR (1988), SUMMER OF THE YOUNG LIONS (1991), A NEW LOVE IN TOKYO (1994, shown at the MWFF), RAIN OF LIGHT (2001), HIBI (2004), ZEN (2008) and BOX - THE HAKAMADA CASE (2010), also shown at the MWFF.


 

Projections

Friday August 28, 2022 - 10:00 AM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 10
Saturday August 29, 2022 - 07:00 PM - CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN 10


 

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