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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Olympic filmmaker needed 2 films to cover Tokyo turmoil

TOKYO ( Associated Press) – Naomi Kawase, director of the official Tokyo Olympics film, has admitted that she was told about her work at first. That was in late 2018 when he was commissioned from the International Olympic Committee.

Work has never been easier.

Japanese public opinion was divided about holding the Games as the COVID-19 pandemic caused them to be postponed by a year, and costs continued to mount. Tokyo is considered the most expensive Olympics on record.

A few months before the start of the Olympics, there were scandals after the resignation of the head of the organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori. Disgruntled artists in charge of designing the opening and closing ceremonies also resigned.

It was only after Kawas decided to focus on the athletes in the so-called Side A, and much of the turmoil in Side B, after which he was sure how to handle all the material.

Each two-hour segment has been released as a separate film – titled “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side A Official Film” and “Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side B Official Film”.

“I never wavered,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday. “All of a sudden this huge split happened, the world plunged into a troubled mood, and people were forced to spend their time without easy answers.”

Side A and Side B, recently released in Japanese cinemas, were like “twins”, she said. When viewed together, they bring about the “human condition” exposed by the Olympics.

He added that talks are on for global streaming, but nothing has been finalised.

Kavase recently returned from the Cannes Film Festival, where Side A was screened. Kavase won the Camera d’Or at the Festival in 1997. He has worked as a competition judge at Cannes. In 2007, he won the Grand Prix at this event.

Filtering the nearly 5,000 hours of footage was a challenge Kawase said he hadn’t dealt with before—like working through a mathematical puzzle.

A persuasive theme is a message about gender inequality.

Japan, with the world’s third-largest economy, consistently ranks low in gender-gap studies with under-representation of women in board rooms and political leadership. Kawase said she personally suffered as a female director in Japan.

Side a show – among many other things – an Olympian competing after giving birth.

Side B shows the horrific imagery of the 2011 tsunami in northeastern Japan. Some Olympic events, such as the torch relay, were held there to highlight the reconstruction of the area.

Side B also depicts some humble players, such as the person in charge of setting up the field at Tokyo’s National Stadium, or the chef overseeing the meals served to athletes in the Olympic Village.

Dramatically highlighting the sexuality theme is Mori, whose face is often visible in close-ups.

Mori, the former prime minister, was forced to resign as chairman of the Olympic organizing committee after off-the-cuff remarks that women talk too much, leading to lengthy meetings.

Kavase said, “If you get so close to the faces, there are moments in people’s expressions, even in the tiniest of eye movements, when you see what they really are.” thinking.”

Mori was replaced by a woman, politician and former Olympic bronze medalist Seiko Hashimoto. Other women were also added to the leadership of the organizing committee after Mori’s resignation.

He is seen in movies.

“It is now becoming very clear that there are many aspects of Japanese society that need to be changed,” Kawase said. “When society operates as one big system, what is really precious is overlooked, and what happens becomes so superficial.”


Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyama


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