Wet Woman in the Wind

Kaze ni nureta onna
dir. Akihiko Shiota
Japan 2016, 79’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Awards and festivals
Locarno IFF 2016 Busan IFF 2016 Vienna IFF 2016 Nippon Connection 2017
Credits
Japan 2016
Duration: 79’
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

Film description

An avant-garde Japanese film for the Asian Valentine's Day? "Wet Woman in the Wind" is a nod to the Japanese adult cinema classic and, at the same time, its subversive reinterpretation. A femme fatale in skinny jeans, an unfulfilled writer searching for solitude, a post-hippie theater company, a pinch of slapstick, and a game filled with erotic tension, governed by some pretty absurd rules.

The director references one of the most ambitious and surprising works of "pinku eiga," the popular erotic cinema that sheltered many a defiant artist in the 1960s and 1970s. He also freshens up the genre, looking critically at the stereotypical portrayals of the relationships between men and women, making fun of the conventional roles and the conventional ways of showing fits of passion. The result is a story filled with energy and surreal humor, successfully combining steaming-hot scenes with a meaningful message.

text:
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

2019 Sayonara kuchibiru

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