Latest documentary "Oyster Factory" has been officially invited to Locarno International Film Festival 2015! 最新作『牡蠣工場』がロカルノ国際映画祭へ正式招待されました!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Review on Variety  米「Variety」誌の批評


A positive review on CAMPAIGN is on Variety. Please check it out.


First feature docu by Gotham-based filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda ("Freezing Sunlight") is a wry, fly-on-the-wall look at local politics, Japanese style -- and in particular, the mighty machine of the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. One-man crew Soda follows a former Tokyo U. classmate who stands as an LDP "parachute" candidate in a crucial Kawasaki city council election in Oct. '05. Though it's a half-hour too long, the result is an insightful, ironic portrait of campaigning at street level that's fest- and cable-ready.

Kazuhiko Yamauchi's greatest asset is an ability to keep smiling in the face of public indifference and criticism from his support staff and (in a very polite way) party higher-ups. Sans any kind of political experience, he repeats the same meaningless phrases, puts up with wife Sayuri's private moans about being treated as an ornament and watches his own savings diminish as the campaign wears on. When LDP head Junichiro Koizumi visits to boost the campaign, Yamauchi hardly gets to say hello. HD tech credits are fine; a 60-minute version will be aired by Euro pubcasters in October and a 90-minute one by PBS next year.

Camera (color, HD), Soda. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 12, 2007. Japanese dialogue. Running time: 119 MIN.

SXSW approaching SXSW映画祭が近づく


1:30 PM, Saturday March 10th - Austin Convention Ctr
1:30 PM, Tuesday March 13th - Alamo Lamar 1
1:30 PM, Friday March 16th - Alamo Lamar 1


SXSW in Austin Texas is fast approaching. CAMPAING will be screened in the Documentary Feature Competion.

The screening schedule is as follows:
1:30 PM, Saturday March 10th - Austin Convention Ctr
1:30 PM, Tuesday March 13th - Alamo Lamar 1
1:30 PM, Friday March 16th - Alamo Lamar 1 interviewed me about my participation to SXSW. Please read it!

Tickets for HK Film Fest on sale 香港映画祭のチケット発売中


Tickets for Hong Kong Film Festival which CAMPAIGN is invited are now on sale. CAMPAIGN will be screened on April 2 and 7, and the tickets for April 7 is already sold-out!!

3 more Festival invitations 更に3つの映画祭に正式招待


- ブエノスアイレス映画祭(4月3日〜15日)

- HOT DOCS映画祭(カナダ・トロント、4月19日〜29日)

- バルセロナ・アジア映画祭(4月27日〜5月6日)

CAMPAIGN has been invited by three more festivals.

- Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (April 3-15)

- Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada, April 19-29)

- Barcelona Asian Film Festival (April 27-May 6)