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World Cinemascape: Masters

Artist of Fasting

Director ADACHI Masao
Info
  • Japan, Korea│
  • 2015│
  • 104min│
  • DCP│
  • color│
  • Feature Film │
  • Fiction

Overview

Kafka’s universe allows many interpretations. By restaging ‘A Hunger Artist’, a story of a performer who fasts for living to contemporary Japan, this film poses a provocative critique on society.

Schedule

Code Date Time Theater Info Ticket
171 2016. 04. 29 21:30 MEGABOX Jeonju(Gaeksa) 9 HEK19
364 2016. 05. 01 21:00 Jeonju Cinema Town 3 HEK19
538 2016. 05. 03 21:00 CGV Jeonjugosa 2 HEK19

Review

Adachi Masao adapted and directed Franz Kafka’s short story A Hunger Artist. Like the original story, the film’s protagonist is an artist. In the middle of busy streets of Tokyo, a man starts fasting. Not only passers-by but media, doctors, therapists, military and yakuzas come to see him
but he remains silent. The film expands its horizons to the tragedy on March 11, 2011 which changed the inner world of Japanese people to contemporary politics, society and culture. An artist’s fasting arouses curiosity and brings to an unexpected result. Fasting and silence, as an act of statement, are the way of protest to the artist but are treated as a unique spectacle to ordinary people. The film proves that Masao still keeps his zeitgeist as a political avant-garde and symbol of Japanese underground culture. Asian Arts Theatre joined the production. (JANG Byungwon)

Credit

Director ADACHI Masao
Screenplay ADACHI Masao, ONOZAWA Naruhiko
Producer ONOZAWA Naruhiko
Cinematography YAMAZAKI Yutaka
Art Director KUROKAWA Toshimich
Editor ADACHI Masao
Music OTOMO Yoshihide
Sound SHIMA Junichi
Cast YAMAMOTO Hiroshi, SAKURAI Taizo, RYUZANJI Sho, ITO Hiroko

Director

ADACHI Masao

Born in 1939, Fukuoka, Japan. After he drop\ped out Nihon University, ADACHI joined WAKAMATSU Koji’s independent production and mass produced scripts for radical pink films. He debuted as a director with Abortion(1966). Joining the Japanese Red Army in 1974, he sat back down on the director’s chair for the first time in 35 years to make Prisoner/Terrorist(2007). Artist of Fasting is his second film after his return.

Trailer

(Artist of Fasting) DIR. ADACHI Masao

Kafka’s universe allows many interpretations. By restaging ‘A Hunger Artist’, a story of a performer who fasts for living to contemporary Japan, this film poses a provocative critique on society.