Narita: Heta Village

1973 / B&W / 16mm / 146 min / Japanese with English subtitles

Production Company: Ogawa Productions
Staff: Ogawa Shinsuke, Fukuda Katsuhiko, Yumoto Mareo, Iwasaki Seiji, Shiraishi Yoko, Nakano Chihiro, Tamura Masaki (Photography), Kawakami Koichi, Hara Tadashi (Camera Assistants), Kubota Yukio (Sound), Asanuma Yukikazu (Sound Assistance)
Production Staff: Iizuka Toshio
Tadokoro Naoki, Nosaka Haruo, Fuseya Hiroo, Honma Shusuke, Mikado Sadatoshi

Narita: Heta Village is the inverse image of the rough, action-packed films like Summer in Narita. The airport struggle continues, but our access to it is mediated entirely by its traces on village life and villagers' consciousness. While the first films connected to the student movement concentrate on the spectacle of movement, the filmmakers gradually attended to the peripheries of the actual battles. This reaches its natural end in Narita: Heta Village. Now the axis of the film is located completely, deeply within the world of the villagers. We may not see the warfare at the construction site, but we are all the more aware of its terrible impact. The elders are disturbed when their communal graveyard falls into the hands of the airport authorities; the young people share their fear of arrest after three policemen are killed...all of this in a series of calm, lengthy sequence shots. This approach starts from the position of the filmed "object" and ends there as well.
[Abé Mark Nornes]


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