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MA in Japanese Film
with Award-Winning Film Director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
5:00-6:15 PM (PST)
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The fourth and final webinar in the Rethinking of MA Webinar Series will examine the role of MA in Japanese film. Our guest will be filmmaker Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, whose film Drive My Car, is Japan’s official entry for Best International Feature Film for Academy Awards 2022 and is now on the Oscars shortlist for this category. Hamaguchi, a renowned director and screenwriter who first gained attention for The Sound of Waves and Voices from Waves, his thoughtful documentaries (co-directed by Ko Sakai) about survivors of the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake, as well as several recent dramatic full-length feature films, pays close attention to timing, pacing and “space” in his films.
Hamaguchi’s film Drive My Car is generating substantial international acclaim, including being voted Best Picture of 2021 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and chosen by President Obama as one of his favorite films of 2021. In a December 3rd review in the Los Angeles Times, film critic Mark Olsen, wrote of Hamaguchi’s emotional pacing in Drive My Car, “He keeps tears and drama in check, letting emotion seep in after the heavy blow and in the meaningful silences which, like the negative space of a painting, complete the picture.”
Hamaguchi will join Professors Hitoshi Abe of UCLA and Ken Oshima of Washington University, hosts of the Rethinking of MA series, in an engaging conversation exploring the role of MA in the making of his most recent film Drive My Car, with reference also to some of his earlier works. The webinar will conclude with an audience Q&A.
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