65 minutes. Camera&Direction: Lior Shamriz
The film tells the story of Imri, who at 19 goes to live in Tel Aviv, but dreams of moving to Japan. Through their relationships and encounters and in diverse cinematic tools, we are introduced to the young person’s life. An exploration of living in the exotic city of Tel Aviv is presented through a hero who are themselves in the midst of exploring his own choice of an exotic place. A unique correlation is formed between the hero’s misconception of Japan and ours of them. The movie was constructed by both improvised and pre-scripted scenes, as required by the nature of each scene.
“Japan Japan admirably crams more male nudity and cinema theory into its first sixty seconds than any film in Frameline history” (Frameline Film Festival Program)
Premiered at the Locarno Film Festival’s competition. North American premiere at MoMA ND/NF ’08. Awarded Best Film at the Mexico City Film Week and Cluj Gay Film Festival. Nominated to prizes at the Montreal Nouveau Cinema, Las Palmas Intl Film Festival, BAFICI, Frameline and more.
*** AVOID the Japan Japan DVD which is sold in the U.S. The distributor stretched the image in the process of creating the DVD. ***