Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Other Works]

Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio

(“Ningen yo ogoru nakare: Eiga kantoku Kamei Fumio no sekai”)
- 1991 / B&W / 16mm / 83 min

Director: Tezuka Yo
Photography: Sudo Keiji, Anatolyi Plapshov
Sound: Kobayashi Ken
Music: Imai Shigeyuki
Narrator: Kobayashi Kyoji
Producer: Abe Yutaka
Testifier: Noda Shinkichi, Ito Takero, Ishino Noboru, Miyagawa Kinuko, Sunagawa Chiyo, Hijikata Tetsu, Sato Tadao
Voice-over for Kamei Fumio: Suzuki Mizuho
Production Company: Japan Document Film Human Conceit Production Committee
Source: Japan Document Film

The film looks back on Kamei’s life and tries to try to make sense of the full picture. To this end, the film weaves together famous scenes from Shanghai Document (1928, dir.Yakov Vlyuyok), Battleship Potemkin (1925, dir. Sergei Eisenstein) both of which Kamei saw when he was studying in the Soviet Union, as well as scenes from his own Shanghai (1938), Fighting Soldiers (1939), Kobayashi Issa (1941), Still It’s Good to Live (1956), Record of Blood: Sunagawa (1956), Men Are All Brothers (1960), All Living Things Are Friends: Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish (1987) and others. To spell out Kamei’s life, the film proceeds in chronological order and includes interviews with people who knew him along the way.

• Kamei Fumio Retrospective [Pre-War Works] Hiking Song | Shape without Shape | An Introduction to Radio: The Audience | School Broadcasting | The Geology of Fuji | Airspace [Pre-War Documentary Films] Shanghai | Peking | Fighting Soldiers | Kobayashi Issa [Post-War Documentary Films] A Japanese Tragedy | Children of the Base | The People of Sunagawa | Wheat Will Never Fall | Still It’s Good to Live | Record of Blood: Sunagawa | The World Is Terrified: The Reality of the “Ash of Death” | Living in a Rough Sea | Fluttering Pigeons | Voice of Hiroshima | Men Are All Brothers | Towards a World without Arms | All Must Live: People, Insects and Birds | All Living Things Are Friends—Lullabies of Birds, Insects and Fish [Feature Films] War and Peace | A Woman’s Life | Become a Mother, Become a Woman | Woman Walking Alone on the Earth [PR and Educational Films] Poem of Life | Invitation to Japanese Architecture | Penmanship | Quiet Construction Methods | Living with Ideas: A Profile of Sharp | Let’s Weave a Rainbow | Hong Kong, Taipei | Norihei Travel Manners | The Southern Cross Is Calling | Wishing for Tomorrow’s Happiness [Other Works] Underwear Makes the Woman | The Models and the Photographer | Kamei on Kamei: A Record of Yesterday’s Film Production Discussion Group | Human Conceit: The World of Director Kamei Fumio