Ode I
Color / Video / 40 min

Director, Photography, Script, Sound, Editing: Takashi Toshiko
Script, Narration: Takahashi Akiyo
Source: Takashi Toshiko
1-8, 3-36-8, Horinouchi, Suginami-ku
Tokyo 166-0013
Phone / Fax: 81-3-3316-9180

Takashi Toshiko

Born in Osaka, 1952. Assistant Director of Fukuda Katsuhiko's Higashi-Kurume, a Living Town in 1990. Director of the Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 1992 and 1993. Film and music critic for magazines. Made these two films in 1998 after working as a cinematographer on independent films.

Ode I is a document of the filmmaker's two female friends over four years. Their S&M show's violent scenes are another world and a strong contrast to their everyday life with their cats, in their peaceful garden, and walking among the trees. This filmmaker's inner-self becomes clearer, seen together with her other film, Oishi Apartments. It's interesting that more than merely filming a subject for the screen, film allows the filmmaker herself to emerge. - Masuya Shuichi

Oishi Apartments,Nishi-Tengachaya

Color / Video / 37 min

Director, Photography, Script, Sound, Editing, Narration: Takashi Toshiko
Source: Takashi Toshiko
1-8, 3-36-8, Horinouchi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 166-0013
Phone/Fax: 81-3-3316-9180

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The old apartment and neighborhood women are still there when the filmmaker visits her childhood home in Nishi-Tengachaya, after more than twenty years away. To see Osaka, Nishi-Tengachaya Station, the downtown area and people walking down the street, living their own lives is comforting. Somehow, cats just seem to go along with this picture. There is a quiet depth to this film that can't possibly be detected in the recent work of young filmmakers. This is a wondrous film that expresses the filmmaker's sense of living through a camera. - Masuya Shuichi

Director's Statement
I have always loved films and have wanted to make one since my childhood. I worked as a writer and gave talks about films before I began making them. Although putting films into words was difficult and an arduous task, I was able to work out for myself bit by bit the meaning of film. I slowly freed myself from words as I began making films. As these two films leave my hands and are received by the audience, I'm eager to discover what words they will elicit.
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