風たちの午後 デジタルリマスター版 「Kazetachi no nengo Digitaru rimasuta-」
Running Time: 105 mins.
Release Date: December 11th, 1980
Director: Hitoshi Yazaki
Writer: Shunichi Nagasaki, Hitoshi Yazaki (Screenplay),
Starring: Naomi Ito, Setsuko Aya,
People who attended Osaka Asian Film Festival 2018 (OAFF) had the chance to see the latest work of Hitoshi Yazaki, Still Life of Memories. It seems Osaka has become a favourite place for the man because he attended OAFF 2019 with Afternoon Breezes. It has been 40 years since it was released and its original 16 mm print has been given a digital remaster after being subject to a crowdfunding campaign. The film is a somewhat tragic tale of a one-sided lesbian romance. Due to its style and LGBT subject-matter, it broke boundaries because it was one of the first openly gay-themed films in Japan and it put Yazaki on the map and earned him comparisons with important directors from avante-garde cinema movements of the 60s and 70s like Chantal Akerman. In its black-and-white look and with its central protagonist who is disconnected from reality, it is sort of like Akerman’s Saute ma ville (1968) if you’ll allow the glib comparison