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Wet Woman in the Wind

Kaze ni nureta onna
Japan 2016, 78’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Akihiko Shiota
screenplay: Akihiko Shiota
cinematography: Hidetoshi Shinomiya
editing: Takashi Sato
music: Shunsuke Kida
cast: Yuki Mamiya, Tasuku Nagaoka, Ryushin Tei, Michiko Suzuki, Hitomi Nakatani, Takahiro Kito
producer: Naoko Komuro, Shinichiro Masuda, Masahiko Takahashi
production: Nikkatsu
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Locarno IFF 2016; Busan IFF 2016; Vienna IFF 2016; Nippon Connection 2017

Film description

An attractive playwright renounces all relationships with women and moves to a provincial hermitage, but a provocative, unpredictable girl appears in his path. The initial misunderstanding quickly turns in to an erotically loaded game with unusual rules. On top of that, an avant-garde theatrical company, managed by someone from the protagonist’s past, appears on his doorstep.

Filled with plot twists, the film is the director’s play with the expectations of the audiences and the conventions of the genre. The production, shot according to the rules set by Nikkatsu, is so much more than just a surreal sex-comedy. Despite the tiny budget and just seven days of shooting, "Wet Woman in the Wind" mesmerizes with its original plot, nonchalant realization, and the ability to combine spicy scenes with a meaningful message. Shiota creates a subversive story about relationship dynamics, analyzes power relations, and undermines commonplace assumptions about relations between men and women, creating an ironic, vivid, and extremely hot narration.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Akihiko Shiota

Born in Kioto in 1961, studied at the Rikkyo University where he joined the film club. His first independent productions were praised at the PIA independent cinema festival. After his feature debut, he received the Japanese Directors Association award for promising filmmakers. After a few ambitious, critically-praised productions, he turned to commercial cinema, but has never entirely left the world of independent cinema.

Selected filmography:

1999 Gekko no Sasayaki / Moonlight Whispers

2001 Szkodnik / Gaichu / Harmful Insect

2005 Kono mune ippai no ai wo / A Heartful of Love

2005 Kanaria / Canary

2007 Dororo

2014 Dakishimetai / I Just Wanna Hug You

2016 Wilgotna kobieta na wietrze / Kaze ni nureta onna / Wet Woman in the Wind

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