Aka Eri Eri Rema Sabakutani, directed by Shinji Aoyama in 2005, 107min
In A.D.2015, a deadly pandemic virus has been spreading, causing its victims to become depressed and later commit suicide. The media calls the disease the Lemming Syndrome. In an old country house situated between the mountains and sea Mizui (Tadanobu Asano) and Asuhara (Masaya Nakahara) live and make music surrounded with their instruments. An aged plutocrat, his granddaughter, and a detective arrive from a city where the deadly virus spreads over. They realise that Mizui´s and Asuhara´s noise-spirited experimental music and sound art (created for the film by Noboyuchi Kikuki and Hiroyuki Nagashima) might be the cure.
Shinji Aoyama graduated in 1989 from Rikkyo University, where he studied film theory in the department of British and American Studies. After graduating, Aoyama worked as an assistant director to Swiss independent film director Daniel Schmid, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and others. In 1996 Aoyama made Helpless, a film set in his native Fukuoka. His 2000 film Eureka, also set in Fukuoka, opened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival where it received both the FIPRESCI prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Together with the 2007 film Sad Vacation, Eureka and Helpless comprise Aoyama’s “Kitakyushu Saga”. Aoyama’s novelization of Eureka in the year 2001 won the Yukio Mishima Prize.
OISHII – JAPANESE DELICACIES: ELI, ELI, LEMA SABACHTHANI?
FRI 13.4.2012, Juhlasali, 19:00
Venue: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1