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A Cappella

Director YAZAKI Hitoshi
Info
  • Japan│
  • 2016│
  • 132min│
  • DCP│
  • color│
  • Feature Film │
  • Fiction

Overview

In 1969 Japan was enmeshed with campus riots. Kyoko, a high schooler, forms an “Anti-Uniform Committee” and joins a rally at a university. Love, hurt, betrayal and rebellion all play a role.

Schedule

Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
448 2016. 05. 02 21:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 5 HEK19
730 2016. 05. 05 17:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 2 HEK19GV
917 2016. 05. 07 14:30 CGV Jeonjugosa 5 HEK19GV

Review

In 1969, anti-war protests rumble the entire country of Japan. The rapid progresses made by Japanese young people who have the same way of the protests of 1968 in France propelled avant-garde art to prosper. Its anti-government protests influenced college students as well as high-school students. The protagonist Kyoko is one of them, and she organizes ‘anti-uniform committee’ and joins the protest. Her enlightened mind also goes through a stage of chaos when she experiences adolescent love and betrayal. A Cappella deals with the period of storm and stress that some people are familiar with. While embracing the intensity of the period on one side, the film also romanticizes the period in a soft tone on the other side. This approach can exploit the essence of the era in a water-downed manner. However, A Cappella successfully deals with the political era by combining it with the personal sentiments such as love, betrayal, and rebellion. Rather than reminiscing a difficult era through beautiful memories, the film projects the ups and downs of the era to the protagonist’s life as if we’re observing life through both telescope and microscope.
(KIM Youngjin)

Credit

Director YAZAKI Hitoshi
Screenplay TAKEDA Chiai, ASANISHI Masa
Producer TOYAMA Risa, YAMAGUCHI Yukihiko
Cinematography ISHII Isao
Art Director INOUE Shinpei
Editor MEMITA Ken
Music TANAKA Takuto
Sound YOSHIDA Noriyoshi
Cast NARUMI Rico, IKEMATSU Sosuke, SAITOH Takumi, ENDO Nina

Director

YAZAKI Hitoshi

Born in Japan. Strawberry Shortcakes (2006) was officially selected at New York Asian Film Festival and Asia Filmfest in Germany. Sweet Little Lies(2010) at Another View of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. A Cappella was screened at Gothenburg Film Festival this year

Trailer

(A Cappella) DIR. YAZAKI Hitoshi

In 1969 Japan was enmeshed with campus riots. Kyoko, a high schooler, forms an “Anti-Uniform Committee” and joins a rally at a university. Love, hurt, betrayal and rebellion all play a role.