Hachimiri Madness – Japanese Indies from the Punk Years

A Mans Flower Road

Starts 13th April.

Under the tit­le „Hachi­mi­ri Mad­ness – Japa­ne­se Indies from the Punk Years”, the fsk cine­ma is sho­wing a series of new­ly digi­ti­sed and sub­tit­led Japa­ne­se 8‑mm films from 1977 to 1990 which brea­the the rebel­lious spi­rit of that era. Many of the hig­hest pro­fi­le direc­tors Japan has to offer today made their debut fea­tures in this for­mat – very few of them have ever been shown inter­na­tio­nal­ly. The series was joint­ly cura­ted by Kei­ko Ara­ki (PIA Tokyo), Jacob Wong (Hong Kong Film Fes­ti­val) and Chris­toph Ter­hech­te (Ber­li­na­le Forum).

I Am Sion Sono!! by Sion Sono, Japan 1984

The series inclu­des Sion Sono’s I am Sion Sono!!, in which the then 22-year-old intro­du­ced him­s­elf to audi­en­ces as a punk poet in non­cha­lant, self-con­fi­dent style, and Shinya Tsukamoto’s The Adven­ture of Den­chu-Kozo, a huge­ly crea­ti­ve, wild cyber­punk dra­ma, whilst also taking in the lar­ge­ly unknown ear­ly works of direc­tors such as Sogo Ishii (today Gaku­ryu Ishii), Masa­shi Yama­mo­to, Nobuhi­ro Suwa and Shi­no­bu Yagu­chi.

In Yamamoto’s anar­chic fea­ture debut Saint Ter­ro­rism, a girl in a pink and yel­low out­fit shoots inno­cent peop­le at see­ming ran­dom with a gun con­cea­led in her white hand­bag, with the bodies being car­ri­ed off by the uni­form-wea­ring mem­bers of a cult. Yaguchi’s won­der­ful­ly melan­cho­ly The Rain Women has two women ride their bikes through a con­ve­ni­en­ce store, wear out count­less umbrel­las whilst wan­de­ring through the sog­gy land­s­cape and warb­le “Sin­ging in the Rain” dres­sed as a J‑Pop duo. And in Suwa’s gangs­ter bal­lad Hana­sase­ru Gang, it’s hard to escape the impres­si­on that Pier­rot le fou has wan­de­red into the Japan of the ear­ly 80s.

Dates:

14.04.17 (Good Fri­day)

16.00 Saint Ter­ro­rism
 – Masa­shi Yama­mo­to, 1980, 127 min

18.30 Iso­la­ti­on of 1880000
 – Sogo Ishii, 1977, 43 min

High-School-Ter­ror
 – Maco­to Tez­ka, 1979, 6 min

UNK – Maco­to Tez­ka, 1979, 15 min

20.00 Hanasa­re­ru Gang
 – Nobuhi­ro Suwa, 1984, 85 min

21.45 A Man’s Flower Road – Sion Sono, 1986, 110 min

15.04.17 Satur­day

16.00 Hap­pi­ness Ave­nue
 – Kats­u­yu­ki Hira­no, 1986, 93 min

16.04.17 (Eas­ter Sunday)

16.00 I Am Sion Sono!! – Sion Sono, 1984, 37 min

Tokyo Cabba­ge­man K – Aki­ra Oga­ta, 1980, 59 min

17.04.17 (Eas­ter Mon­day)

16.15 The Rain Women
 – Shi­no­bu Yagu­chi, 1990, 72 min

All the dates below beginn at 18.00:

20.4. Iso­la­ti­on of 1880000
 – Sogo Ishii, 1977, 43 min

High-School-Ter­ror
 – Maco­to Tez­ka, 1979, 6 min

UNK – Maco­to Tez­ka, 1979, 15 min

21.4 Hanasa­re­ru Gang
 – Nobuhi­ro Suwa, 1984, 85 min

22.4. I Am Sion Sono!! – Sion Sono, 1984, 37 min

Tokyo Cabba­ge­man K – Aki­ra Oga­ta, 1980, 59 min

23.4. Hap­pi­ness Ave­nue
 – Kats­u­yu­ki Hira­no, 1986, 93 min

24.4. The Rain Women
 – Shi­no­bu Yagu­chi, 1990, 72 min

25.4. A Man’s Flower Road – Sion Sono, 1986, 110 min

26.4. Saint Ter­ro­rism
 – Masa­shi Yama­mo­to, 1980, 127 min