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PROJECT The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine (2K / color / 120min / Japan) NO 5
DIRECTOR ZEZE Takahisa
WRITER ZEZE Takahisa, AIZAWA Toranosuke
PRODUCER SAKAGUCHI Kazunao, TAKAMATSU Miyuki
PRODUCTION Stance Company
PROJECT STATUSFilming
DIRECTOR - ZEZE Takahisa
Zeze Takahisa began making 8 and 16mm independent films as a Kyoto University student. In the early 1990s, he established himself as one of the nation’s four most influential ‘Heavenly Kings of Pink’ in the soft-core porn industry. Later, his 4 hour 38 minute epic, Heaven’s Story (2010), won a NETPAC Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011. His latest film, 64 (2016), was recently released nationwide in Japan.
PRODUCER - SAKAGUCHI Kazunao, TAKAMATSU Miyuki
Born in 1959, Sakaguchi Kazunao founded Stance Company in 1986. Stance provides subtitling for film festival entries in Japan, coordinates technical equipment for the Focus on Asia Fukuoka International Film Festival, and PIA Film Festival, among others, and produces independent films.
SYNOPSIS
One of the biggest natural disasters ever to hit the country, the Great Kanto Earthquake killed nearly 150,000 people and threw Tokyo, the nerve center of the nation, into chaos. Out of this chaos emerged the social atmosphere which led to the militarism of the following decades. Believe it or not, there were female Sumo wrestlers actively entertaining the citizens back then. This is a dramatic and entertaining story, full of humor and passion, about a female Sumo wrestler who encounters a lively group of anarchists.
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