Japanese Panorama

Dialogue 1999

- JAPAN / 2000 / Japanese / Color / 16mm / 38 min

Director, Script, Photography, Editing, Sound, Music, Narrator: Inoue Akiko
Appearance: Sugai Naoko, Emura Takayoshi, Kihara Daigo, Inoue Otowa, and others
Source: Inoue Akiko
491-3 Niban-cho, Higashiboridori, Niigata, Niigata 951-8065 JAPAN
Phone: 81-25-225-8655
E-mail: otowanomago@c9.ezweb.ne.jp

This is a collection of interviews various people gave in response to the posted sign: “Please tell me about someone who pops up in the back of your mind as you go about your daily life but who you probably will never see again.” Those interviews are interlaced with scenery shot in Niigata to gradually carve out the director’s own “living text.”

[Director’s Statement] Often we talk to someone but aren’t on the same wavelength. We don’t understand what the other person is trying to say or we are desperately trying to get the other person to understand us but it appears that he or she has no clue what we’re trying to say. I hope that if we work at it for a long time, we can eventually get our message across. I made this film with that hope in mind.


- Inoue Akiko

Born in 1973 in Niigata Prefecture. Studied at Niigata Filmmaking Association. With the association staff, made A Record of Memory, Blanket, and Happiness, My Cuddly Costume. Also studied at the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image in 1999.

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