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|Director: Suwa Nobuhiro
Photography: Tamura Masaki
Music: Andy Wulf
Sound: Takizawa Osamu
Cast: Yu Eri, Nishijima Hidetoshi, etc.
Producer: Sento Takenori, Kobayashi Koji
Production Company: Bitters End
10-5-101 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0031 JAPAN
Phone:81-3-3462-0345 / Fax: 81-3-3462-0621
JAPAN / 1996 / Japanese / Color / 35mm / 90 min
Why can't we call a fiction film a documentary? If most of us
act in our everyday lives, what difference does it make that it's
"only acting" in fiction? Suwa Nobuhiro seems to pose these questions
in his feature debut, 2 Duo. Both a documentary director for television and a veteran assistant
director to such fiction filmmakers as Nagasaki Shun'ichi and
Yamamoto Masashi, Suwa wrote a detailed script for the film only
to throw it away at the last instant. He decided to give his actors
a short outline of the situation and leave the rest--including
how the story would develop--up to them.
Standing at a distance, perhaps Suwa felt unable to penetrate
his characters' masks. To gain access to their subjective thoughts,
he thus resorted to a technique common to documentary: the interview.
It is at these moments when 2 Duo comes closest to being a documentary: a record of both its own
making and of a generation unsure of its own reality.
|Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee|