ADACHI MASAO: ARTIST OF FASTING
Danjiki Geinin / Adachi Masao / 2015 / 105min / DCP
Sun 17.4.2016 klo 13:00 Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1 Helsinki
In this film, based on Franz Kafka’s A Hunger Artist (1914–1924), a mute man begins an inexplicable hunger strike and becomes the object of exploitation by the people surrounding him.
Adachi Masao (s. 1939) is a filmmaker, film form theorist and revolutionary political actor. Adachi was one of the key players of Japanese underground cinema in the 1960′s. He is known for his collaborations with Wakamatsu Koji, for whom he wrote multiple films. Adachi also made “pink films”, pornography-oriented films for small independent production companies. Disappointed with the commercialization of the film industry, Adachi left Japan for Beirut in 1974 and joined the revolutionary terrorist organization Japanese Red Army. He returned to his home country only in the year 2000.
After last year’s pause, we are happy to welcome back the Japanese film series that has been with us since the founding of the festival. We begin with Shindō Kaneto’s existential black and white film Naked Island, continue with the culinary and satirical treat Tampopo by Itami Jūzō and finish the series with radical director Adachi Masao’s latest film Artist of Fasting. It offers us something completely different, namely a story about a hunger artist, based on the short story by Franz Kafka.