Documentary Review: YU-GEKI ~side story of “Love Twisting Path”~ (2021) by Tatsuya Matsubara

Apparently, “retirement” shouldn’t be a part of Sadao Nakajima’s vocabulary. Reaching the age of 83, the veteran director began the taking pictures of “Love Twisting Path” in 2018. So far, it has been 10 years since he made his final movie (greater than 60 in whole). Tatsuya Matsubara follows the taking pictures and creates a half making-of, half biography form of documentary and shines a lightweight on the non-public {and professional} lifetime of the legendary filmmaker.

YU-GEKI ~facet story of “Love Twisting Path”~ is screening at Osaka Asian Film Festival

Archive footage like photagraphies and video excerpts in addition to precious testimonies from colleagues, well-known film figures (e.g. Seizo Fukumoto, Kengo Kora), and his son, draw an total image of Nakajima’s profession. Identified for his samurai and yakuza dramas, Nakajima primarily based his profession on the grounds of Toei Studios in Kyoto and is likely one of the final relics from the golden age of Japanese movie. Subsequently, he sees himself obliged to resurrect the declining style of jidaigeki and chambara (so-called sword-fighting style). Targeted on native branding by utilizing the trademark shrines and temples of Kyoto, he goes on location scouting and visits the actors on the dojo, fastidiously placing all the best substances collectively.

In intimate dwelling periods together with his crew, Nakajima cooks and is keen to go on his data of directing. Right here, Nakajima “the trainer” is omnipresent and the driving drive behind his work. The documentary explains his motivation very deeply and reveals that he feels a sure duty in direction of a brand new era of filmmakers, that he needs to encourage. Respect, graditute and an open thoughts are the values that Matsubara captures from these periods.

It turns into apparent that the documentary is about an perspective in direction of life and the connection between younger and previous individuals. It excels a easy making-of or biography however provides an account of a striving smart man, who needs to avoid wasting the movie trade of his hometown by recruiting a basis to proceed his heritage.

Sadly, Matsubara wants about half-hour to get to this vital level. The primary third solely hints at Nakajima and fails to maintain curiosity in his character or work, which makes it tough for the unexploited viewer, who shouldn’t be acquainted with his oeuvre. After getting by way of the start, it’s much more rewarding and the route of the documentary widens to a extra common understanding. In the long run, filmmaking shouldn’t be about business success. The share of values and advices that may be discovered on display as effectively within the intention of those, who created it, are well worth the effort and are the true treasure of cinema. Sadao Nakajima himself and Matsubara perceive this vital side, which is crucial for the survival of conventional genres like chambara to search out their viewers.



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