Retrospective: Tetsuya Nakashima

This year’s programme of Five Flavours includes a special retrospective devoted to Tetsuya Nakashima – one of the most original contemporary Japanese directors.

Kamikaze Girls, 2004

Tetsuya Nakashima brings out the most original and appealing aspects of Japanese pop culture, a distinctive alternative for American mass culture in Asia. The director extravagantly uses the conventions of a variety of genres, from psychological thriller to musical. He employs a clear, bold form to talk about universal emotions and problems the individual faces in the contemporary word: loneliness, estrangement, lack of understanding.
Nakashima’s works have been acclaimed by the Japanese Academy and praised on international festivals, including Puchon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Monreal, and Udine.
The Retospective during Five Flavours includes five titles:

  • "Happy-Go-Lucky" (Natsu jikan no otonatachi), 1997
  • "Kamikaze Girls" (Shimotsuma monogatari), 2004
  • "Memories of Matsuko" (Kiraware Matsuko no isshô), 2006
  • "Paco and the Magical Picture Book" (Pako to mahô no ehon), 2008
  • "Confessions" (Kokuhaku), 2010

Award-winning ”Confessions” is a story of a teacher, her students and an elaborate revenge. The film was the Japanese Oscar candidate.When Michael Mann, a journalist for Heat and The Insider, created his list of top movies of all times for Sight and Sound and put Nakashima’s film on the eleventh place.
Mann wrote about “Confessions”: “Frighteningly, formally rigidly controlled, it’s unheralded high art.”

Confessions, 2010

The retrospective is prepared in cooperation with the Department of Information and Culture of the Japanese Embassy, with financial support of the Japan Foundation.


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