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Archive - 10th Five Flavours Film Festival

A Man's Flower Road

Otoko no hanamichi
Japan 1986, 110’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Sion Sono
screenplay: Sion Sono
cinematography: Sion Sono
editing: Sion Sono
cast: Sion Sono, Otomi Sono, Izumi Sono, Michika Sono
producer: Sion Sono
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Pia Film Festival 1986 - Grand Prix

Film description

The raw, punk, dynamic images are a condensed expression of emotions of 20-year olds contesting the reality. Sono points the camera to himself and his friends, running around town, screaming, or staging a scene of being kidnapped by mythical, water creatures. The young filmmaker also portraits his family, in an unexpected combination of the poetics of the shaky "home video" and a metaphorical installation. The plot is not relevant – it is an anarchistic memoir or a sketch book with the ideas Sono will develop throughout the years.

This early film by Sono is a brilliant example of a popular 1980s phenomenon, jishu eiga - "do-it-yourself" films, made on a shoestring budget from the sheer desire to immortalize the moving pictures on print. These are the spontaneous experiments, powered by sheer creative energy, that the director referred to almost three decades later in "Why Don't You Play In Hell?" - a portrait of young amateur filmmakers shooting film among yakuza members.

The word "hanamichi" from the original title means the part of the stage in Kabuki theater where the entering characters present themselves – a prophetic thought, since the film marked Sono's entry to the world of film. It brought him the Grand Prix of the independent film festival Pia. The stipend he got along with the award let him shoot his first professional full feature.

The film comes from the Pia FF archive. It was restored (but with respect to the roughness of the original 8mm print) and digitized as part of the project of promoting independent Japanese cinema of the 1970s and 1980s.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Sion Sono

Born in 1961. Poet, performer, filmmaker, painter, musician. One of the most influential among independent Japanese filmmakers, regularly invited to international festivals, renown for his radical artistic vision, the ability to combine shocking form with apt social critique, and a non-compromising film language.

Selected filmography:

1985 Jestem Sion Sono! / Ore wa Sono Sion da!! / I Am Sion Sono!

2001 Jisatsu sakuru / Suicide Club

2008 Miłość obnażona / Ai no mukidashi / Love Exposure

2010 Tsumetai nettaigyo / Cold Fish

2013 Zabawmy się w piekle / Jigoku de naze warui / Why Don't You Play in Hell

2014 Tokyo Toraibu / Tokyo Tribe

2015 Love & Peace

2015 Shinjuku suwan / Shinjuku Swan Kabukicho Skauto Sabaibaru

2015 Riaru onigokko / Tag

2015 Gwiazda szeptów / Hiso hiso boshi / The Whispering Star

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