Japanese

Yamagata and Film

In Cooperation with Yamagata University Institute of Visual Culture

[Venues] Yamagata Museum of Art 2, Forum 4, 5, Kuguru

Yamagata, the “city of film,” is naturally the host of this international film festival, but there but there is also a history of film-related projects all across the prefecture of Yamagata. We stand upon a foundation erected through the accumulation of this history.


This program explores Yamagata’s present, past, and future through a variety of themes. Yamagata Silver Screen Revival! returns historical movie theaters in Yamagata Prefecture to their former glory through a variety of methods, including testimonial records and materials and film screenings. Among the many theaters lost to history, Green House was a legendary movie theater once considered by some to be the world’s best, located in Yamagata Prefecture’s Sakata City, while Kaminoyama’s Tokiwa Theater was featured in Oshii Mamoru’s first live-action movie, The Red Spectacles. Film director Sato Makoto has also had a profound impact on Yamagata’s film history. His relationship with Yamagata began back in 1989, during the first film festival. His work, Living on the River Agano was given a preliminary screening at the 1991 festival in rough form, and this important episode of his life as well as the valuable role YIDFF has had will be explored in Ten Trips Around the Sun: Sato Makoto’s Documentary Horizon Today. And don’t miss all the other projects where you can discover the happy relationship between Yamagata and film! From the video production workshop project, to The Future of Yamagata and Film, which presents film students’ films, and On the Road to a Creative City of Film, which details Yamagata’s efforts to achieve UNESCO certification.


Yamagata Silver Screen Revival!
The Red Spectacles  Dir: Oshii Mamoru / 1987 / 116 min
Interviews: Green House Magic  2017 / 40 min
and more

Ten Trips Around the Sun: Sato Makoto’s Documentary Horizon Today
Living on the River Agano  1992 / 115 min
Diary of Our Daughter’s Birth  1994 / 47 min
The Brightness of the Day  1995 / 47 min
Artists in Wonderland  1998 / 93 min
SELF AND OTHERS  2000 / 53 min
Hanako  2001 / 60 min
Memories of Agano  2004 / 55 min
Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said  2005 / 137 min

The Future of Yamagata and Film
Live Life Love  Tohoku University of Art and Design / 2017 / 112 min

On the Road to a Creative City of Film
Yamagata Iron Casting  25 min
Yamagata Forged Blades  22 min
Hard Boiled City Yamagata  20 min
Living with Film  39 min