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The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine

International Premiere
Director
제제 타카히사/ZEZE Takahisa
Country
Japan
Entry Year
2018
Running Time
189min
Format/Color
Unencrypted DCP / Color
PROGRAM NOTE
The 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, with a magnitude 7.9, killed nearly 150,000, and the chaos of post-quake Japan brought about a surge of ultra-nationalism and militarism. In the following decades, socialists, anarchists, defenders of human rights and Korean immigrants were falsely crucified and violated. Ironically, from this chaos emerged lady sumo wrestlers who gained popularity on their nationwide circuit. In the film The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine, a young lady joins the sumo team and struggles through the confusion and frustrations of daily life, while forming genuine camaraderie with fellow wrestlers and falling in love with an anarchist. Those who remember Zeze Takahisa from his days making pink films will be pleasantly surprised with this period drama, set at a time when humanity and dignity were sacrificed for power and authority. The conflict of Kiku (meaning ‘chrysanthemum’ in Japanese) and her friends, the common people who were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in, may have been forgotten by history, but the spirit of their resistance remains valid today. (Karen Park)
DIRECTOR
Director
ZEZE Takahisa
Born in 1960, Takahisa began making 8 and 16mm independent films as a student at Kyoto University. He made his directing debut 1989 with the pink film Good Luck Japan, and became one of the nation’s top four ‘potentates of porn.’ His 4½-hour epic Heaven’s Story won the Netpac Award at the 2011 Berlin IFF.
CREDITS
credits.
DIRECTOR ZEZE Takahisa
PRODUCER Kazuno sakaguchi ,Eisuke Ishige ,Hirotaka Asano ,keizo Fujikawa
CAST Mai Kiryu ,Masahiro Higashide ,Kanicniro ,Hanae Kan ,Kiyohiko Shibukawa ,Shima Onishi ,Arata Iura ,Takashi Yamanaka ,Yoko Kamon ,Maho Yamada ,Ayaka Onishi ,Shun Sugata ,Atsushi Shinohara
SCREENPLAY Toranosuke Aizawa ,zeze Takahisa
CINEMATOGRAPHY Atsuhiro Nabeshima
ART DIRECTOR Emiko Tsuyuki
EDITOR Ryo Hayono
SOUND Shinya Takada
MUSIC Goro Yasukawa