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Saint Terrorism

Thursday, 15 October, 20:00, Cinéma Bellevaux

Original title: Hijiri Terorizum

Masashi Yamamoto, 1980, Japan

Japanese with English subs, DCP, Color, 127′


In presence of Masashi Yamamoto


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In the early 1980s, in the heart of a dead-end neighbourhood of Shinjuku, a young misanthrope with murderous habits crosses the path of a thief who poisons his victims. Together, they forge a union to harm more efficiently their entourage.

Armed with his Super8 camera, Yamamoto portrays a sad, dirty and suffocating society. Theft, murder, prostitution, pornography, anarchy and death… In this recently unearthed rarity, young Yamamoto’s rhetoric, carried by the music of Akemi Edo of the cult punk band Jagatara, shows nihilism, as if to justify the lack of morality of his anti-heroes, and thus laying the groundwork for what has become a recurring theme in his work.