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!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

British Empire 大英帝国、恐るべし!

 『選挙』の52分短縮版がやっと出来上がった。前にも書いたが、このバージョンは「Why Democracy?」シリーズの1本として世界中で放映されることを前提に僕が再編集したものだ。120分のオリジナルを半分以下にするのはキツい作業だった。ときには「絶対ムリ!」と匙を投げたくもなった。しかし、もだえるような試行錯誤を通じて、何とか完成した。
 オリジナルとは別の作品であることを示すために、タイトルを少し変えようということになった。あれこれ議論し、決まった英語の題名がこれ。「CAMPAIGN! The Kawasaki Candidate」。正直言って僕はこの案には?だったのだが、内容について100%僕に任せてくれたプロデューサーたちに感謝し、彼らのアイデアを尊重することにした。ただ、それを単純に日本語訳すると間が抜けている気がするので、日本題は『選挙 ニッポンの民主主義』にさせてもらった。僕は他に『選挙 立候補はしたけれど…』という小津作品をもじったのも候補に挙げたけど、彼らは真面目な方を選んだ。
 なんにせよ、『選挙 ニッポンの民主主義』はこの10月に世界同時放映される。ちなみに、「Why Democracy?」シリーズには『選挙』を含め10本のドキュメンタリー作品が世界中から集められた。

52 minute version of CAMPAIGN has been finally completed. As I wrote before, I edited this version so that it will be aired all over the world as a part of the WHY DEMOCRACY? series. It was tough to cut the original 120 minute version down to less than a half. Sometimes, it seemed just impossible. But after many revisions, it's finally done.

To differentiate it from its original theatrical version, we decided to give it a slightly different title. We discussed it for a long time, and at last, it has been determined to be "CAMPAIGN! The Kawasaki Candidate." I wasn't sure it I liked this title too much, but I wanted to respect the opinion of executive producers who gave me a total control on the content of the 52 minutes. So, it's official. However, I insisted that the Japanese title should not be a direct translation of the English title, and it became "SENKYO Nippon no minshu-shugi" or "CAMPAIGN: Japanese Democracy."

I've been told that this version will be watched by 1.5 million people at least because it will be aired in 25 countries on 25 broadcasters, such as BBC, ARTE, ZDF, TV2, CBC, etc... But all of a sudden, I learned that it increased its list to 200 countries! It's simply because BBC World decided to air it. But there are only about 190 countries that are the members of the United Nations. You cannot underestimate the power of the British Empire.

Anyway, CAMPAIGN! The Kawasaki Candidate will be aired in this coming October. WHY DEMOCRACY? series consists of 10 feature length documentaries including mine.

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