Yamagata and Film

Supported by The Yamagata Prefectural Foundation of Lifelong Learning and Culture
Cooperation: The Japan Institute of the Moving Image, Yamagata University, Eiga Hiho

October 9–12, 14   [Venues] Yamagata Museum of Art 1, 2, Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Large Hall),
Forum 5, Yamagata Central Public Hall 6F


This program brings together the multifaceted interactions of Yamagata and film. In 2015, we have a rich and diverse line-up of works in store.

“Yamagata and the Postwar Era” looks at Yamagata during the seventy years following the end of World War II, featuring works such as: A Voiceless Cry, which follows the path of farmer-poet Kimura Michio, who lives in Yamagata; interviews with several dozen Yamagata residents who lived through the war; as well as shows made by the local broadcasting network. “Telling Lies is How Documentaries Get Started” features fake documentaries that prompt us to think about the genre of documentary film. These include renowned Japanese films that run the genre gamut from crime thriller to horror. In addition, our variety-filled line-up features The Magic Lantern Protests, for those who wish for a taste of something slightly different from film; and Presentations from Children’s Film Workshops from across Japan. We also plan to display many precious mimeograph handbills found in the remains of movie theaters throughout the prefecture. You won’t be able to resist falling in love with Yamagata and film once you see this!

Yamagata and the Postwar Era

Aru senpan no shazai—Tsuchiya moto kenpei shoui to chugoku  YBC / 1990 / 27 min [Admission Free]
Ryakudatsu—Aru gocho no enzai  YBC / 1993 / 27 min [Admission Free]
Anata mata senso desuyo—Nokosareta tsumatachi no shuki  YBC / 2005 / 46 min [Admission Free]
Kodomo no koro senso ga atta—Daigakusei ga kiku senso taiken  Tohoku University of Art and Design / 2015 / 110 min
A Voiceless Cry  Dir: Haramura Masaki / 2015 / 122 min
Sepia-Tinted Testimony: Hidden Photos of the Huanggutun Incident  YBC / 1986 / 53 min (YIDFF 2015 Closing Screening) [Admission Free]

Telling Lies is How Documentaries Get Started

Missing  Dir: Imamura Shohei / 1967 / 130 min
Chô Kowasugi!—Shivering Files of the Supernatural Phenomenon FILE-02 Super Horror Story of a Snake Woman  Dir: Shiraishi Koji / 2015 / 92 min
Mori Tatsuya Presents “Truth or Lies”  TV TOKYO Corporation / 2006 / 45 min [Admission Free]

Presentations from Children’s Film Workshops [Admission Free]

Cinema for Children: Yamagata
Cinema for Children: Sapporo
Cinema for Children: Children Meet Cinema
Symposium: Cinema for Children

The Magic Lantern Protests [Admission Free]

Co-presented by JSPS, Grant Number 15K02188 “Research concerning the revival and original development of Japanese Showa Era gento (magic lantern) culture.” (Principal researcher: Washitani Hana)

Toward the Unbreakable Peace: A Report of the 8.6 World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs  1955
Appeal from the Base Okinawa  1956
Wild Roses  1952
Senpuri Senji Laughed!  1956

Reading: Okada Hidenori, Washitani Hana / Piano: Yanashita Mie