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Hiroshi Yokota, a man with cerebral palsy, gets out of his wheelchair, leaves his apartment, and begins shuffling along the outer corridor of his complex. As he ventures outside, dragging himself forward close to the ground, blinding shafts of sunlight strike his eyes.
A fully naked and heavily pregnant woman gazes straight ahead, in one of several photos taken by Kazuo Hara of the front, back, and sides of his ex-wife Miyuki Takeda.
Hara arrives in Okinawa prior to its return to Japan, and visits Takeda. She is living with a woman named Sugako. “Can’t you say anything?” “Can’t you explain yourself?” “You never want to say anything.” “You got sick of me?” “You annoying little brat.” Takeda persistently berates Sugako. Their relationship is almost at its end, and Hara’s presence seems to drive a final wedge between them.
In 2006, former asbestos workers and their relatives in Osaka’s Sennan district file a lawsuit against the Japanese government, seeking compensation for the damage done to their health.
Over eight years, director Hara follows the plaintiffs and their legal team, as well as the investigations of asbestos damage group founder Kazuyoshi Yuoka.
In Arata in Hyogo’s Kobe City, a man wearing a faded jacket opens the shutter of a store, which is covered in signage featuring numerous provocative messages written in large letters. He is Kenzo Okuzaki, the proprietor of a battery and used car repair business, who also happens to be notorious for having shot pachinko balls at the Emperor.
Retrospective of HARA Kazuo
HARA Kazuo was born in Yamaguchi City, Japan, in June 1945. In 1972 he founded the production company Shissoh Production with KOBAYASHI Sachiko and made his directorial debut. Actively involved in cultivating new filmmakers, he has taught at the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, Waseda University, Osaka University of Arts, and other institutions. He also holds his own film studies workshop Cinema Juku on an irregular basis. Despite being far from prolific, the films he has released to date are all highly regarded.
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