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1 Shunji Iwai The World Bordered on Reality and Unreality

2 Iwai Shunji Iwai Shunji ( ) - the film director who have enthusiastic supporters among the young audience. Born in Sendai and studied at Yokohama National University His filmmaking career began in 1988 directing music videos and TV dramas.

3 Iwai’s Films Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?(1993) One summer day a group of sixth-grade boys have an argument about whether fireworks are round or flat, when viewed from different angles, and embark on a journey for the answer during the annual firework festival. TV film

4 Iwai’s Films Meanwhile, one of their classmates, Nazuna, is troubled by her parents’ separation and decides to choose one of the boys to run away with. The film revolves around a group of children and deal with their adolescence, conflicts with adults and themselves, and their growing up

5 Iwai’s Films Love Letter (1995) - Watanabe Hiroko’s fianceé Fuji’i Itsuki died two years earlier in a mountain climbing accident. While looking through his high school yearbook, Hiroko in a fit of grief decides to write a letter to him using his old school address.

6 Iwai’s Films Surprisingly she receives a reply, not from her dead husband, but from a woman also named Fuji’i Itsuki, who had known Hiroko’s husband in school. A relationship develops between the two women as they continue to exchange letters and share memories of the dead Itsuki.

7 Iwai’s Films Iwai’s impressive first feature film; commercial and critical success. Inspired by Krzysztof Kieslowski’s La Double vie de Veronique (1991), the actor, Nakayama Miho, plays two roles, Watanabe Hiroko and (female) Fuji’i Itsuki. Itsuki’s teenage past is revealed through the exchange of letters.

8 Iwai’s Films Picnic (1996) Believing that the world will end the very day, three mental hospital patients, Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey to seek a picnic spot from which they can watch the harmagedon the best.

9 Iwai’s Films Swallowtail Butterfly (1996) - future allegory about the multi-racial, multi-cultural society in Tokyo. ‘A long, long time ago, when Yen was the strongest currency around, immigrants dubbed the city ‘Yen Town’ in hopes to find their dreams come true.’

10 Iwai’s Films ‘Yen Town’ is a Tokyo slum of immigrants from Asian countries. Glico, a prostitute-turned pop star takes an orphaned girl into her care, giving her name Ageha (butterfly) whose image is tattooed on her chest.

11 Iwai’s Films Feihong, another immigrant from Shanghai, owns Yen Town Club and manages Glico’s career. The life in Yen Town is intractably connected to the Japanese gangster ring.

12 Iwai’s Films Blade Runner inspired retro-fit ‘SF’ film. Futuristic Tokyo slum reconstructed after the LA slum in Blade Runner. Retro-fit - future design is inspired by the design of the past Teenage girl, Ageha, comes to be in touch with the adult world and grows up in the fantastic SF world

13 Iwai’s Films April Story (1998) - Nireno Uzuki, a shy, quiet girl who comes from Hokkaido to attend a university in Tokyo. Her life is exactly like those of other students - attending classes, joining a (fly-fishing) club, lonely dinner, going movies.

14 Iwai’s Films She, however, had another important reason to come to Tokyo and attend an otherwise nondescript university. That is to find the student from the same high school, whom she secretly admires.

15 Iwai’s Films The tradition of shojo manga ( 少女漫画 ) and Yoshimoto Banana novels. Exploring the details of the daily experience of a girl who is trying to deal with a new life.

16 Iwai’s Films All about Lily Chou Chou (2001) - about the innocent and then frayed friendship between two teenage boys. In junior high school Shusuke is the best model student and Yuichi is a quiet, ordinary student who is crazy about the music of Lily Chou Chou.

17 Iwai’s Films During the trip to Okinawa, Shusuke has a near- death experience which changes his character. In high school, Shusuke becomes a school bully and cause misery for his classmates. Yuichi is now bullied by Shusuke’s gang and …

18 Iwai’s Films forced to do dirty work including stealing, shoplifting, and overlooking a girl who is coerced to prostitute (enjo kosai) by Shusuke. Yuichi finds the only solace in listening to the music of Lily Chou Chou.

19 Iwai’s Films Narrative and characters are created by the collaboration and interaction with members of the public on the website called Lilyholic through BBS (Bulletin Board System). The film was shot by digital video camera. Lives of teenage school children - friendship, delinquency, bullying, school girl prostitution (enjo Kosai)

20 Iwai’s Films Hana and Alice (2004) - Hana and Alice are best friends from their childhood. Waiting for a train Alice notices a boy and both of them have an immediate crush on him. One day they secretly follow the boy home and Hana witness he walks right into the wall and passes out.

21 Iwai’s Films When he wakes up, she lies and convinces him that he is now suffering amnesia and she is his girlfriend. When Hana begins to go out with the boy and Alice has to cover for lies, the complication arises as both of the girls love the same boy.

22 Iwai’s Films Hana and Alice began its life as four short films on the Nestle Japan website for the promotion of Kit Kat. Shot by HD digital video camera

23 Motifs: - teenagers, school children, young adults (especially girls) - their inner and outer world.

24 Themes: Tension, strain, conflict in growing up; Alienation from the world in which young boys and girls grow up; loneliness and strained friendship

25 Auteuristic Essence Real issues, real problems and real conflicts are represented in dreamy digital photography. Reality is recorded and modified in evocative and modernistic digital images. New aestheticism The combination of hip and exaggerated lyricism

26 Auteuristic Essence Real psychological issue of the healing of grief and coping with the painful past are told in ‘fantastic’ narrative and elegantly nostalgic images in Love Letter.

27 Auteuristic Essence Real social issue of immigration and crime are represented by employing ‘SF’ narrative format and MTV-style fast- cutting, jerky photography with hand-held camera and retrogressive visuals in Swallowtail Butterfly.

28 Auteuristic Essence Real issue of an adolescent girl trying to find a meaning of life in a new urban environment. Dream-like visuals in which the urban space does not look hostile but merciful. April Story

29 Auteuristic Essence Real issues of adolescence and growing up shown in a fairy-tale-like dreamy visual style School violence and adolescent crime in lyrical digital photography in All about Lily Chou Chou

30 Auteuristic Essence Real issues of adolescent friendship between two girls are told in a fantastic narrative and lyrical HD digital images in Hana and Alice.

31 Auteuristic Essence Iwai as a visual artist and his films are image- centred - the image is the film In collaboration with the cinematographer, Noboru Shinoda, Iwai produced the hippest and the most evocative images. Picnic Picnic

32 Auteuristic Essence Slick (digital) visual styles; lyrical and atmospheric Hand-held camera, fast camera movement and jagged editing evocative of music videos. New kind of lyricism for contemporary tastes.


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