A Japanese Village—Furuyashikimura

1982 / Color / 16mm / 210 min / Japanese with English subtitles

Production Company: Ogawa Productions
Director: Ogawa Shinsuke
Producer: Fuseya Hiroo
Photography: Tamura Masaki
Location Sound: Kikuchi Nobuyuki
Assistant Directors: Iizuka Toshio
Mikado Sadatoshi
Sound: Asanuma Yukikazu
Poem: Kimura Michio
Music: Seki Ichiro BFujimori Reiko
Titles: Shoji Takashi
Negative Editor: Takahashi Tatsuo

This is Ogawa Productions' first major film from their Yamagata period. They had already started photography on Magino Village-A Tale but they were drawn to this village deep in the high country above Magino when a particularly cold bout of weather threatened crops. Inevitably, their attention strayed from the impact of weather and geography on the harvest to the "life history" of Furuyashiki Village. On the one hand, Ogawa returns to his roots by playing with the conventions of the science film. At the same time, he discovers a local, peripheral space in which to think about the nation and the state of village Japan. From this "distant perspective" in the very heart of the Japanese mountains, Ogawa discovers a village still dealing with the trauma of global warfare and struggling for survival as their children flee for the cities.
[Abé Mark Nornes]


COPYRIGHT:Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee