Contemporary Indie Vision
怪魚路 Queer Fish Lane
香港電影資料館電影院 Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
入選2017 JAPAN CUTS影展
JAPAN CUTS 2017 selection
In Japanese & Okinawan Language with English subtitles
Director: Go Takamine
A man named Tarugani diligently operates a ‘plastic underwater explosion film machine’. His buddy Papajo is in charge of ‘plastic surgery’, and the two are carrying out contracts at a place called Ifepataijyo to fictionally do-over the lives of Patai Village inhabitants who have attempted suicide. The two also know how to dance, and they are putting on Okinawan plays and sometime talked about their deepen memory as Island Pshoo. Surrounding them is a random jumble of people who seem almost more animal than human: a rock n’ roller Missiler; the peculiar tradesman Seitoku with his soulless wives, the Bibiju; and Kame, who works as a plaster artisan and singer of Okinawa folk songs. Why are Tarugani and Papajo here in such a mysterious village, doing this particular work? Before long, something happens that will cause them to leave…
A complex Okinawan road movie that mixes fact and fiction to tell the story of two men who cannot forget the wartime memories of their childhood. New HD digital and 8mm film footage is interspersed with older 8mm material shot by Director Takamine in the 1970s, creating a rich film world for the story and flourishing into a radiant elegy of expressive gesture. One of Takamine’s old works, Untamagiru (1989) will also be screened in this festival.
導演簡歷 Director Biography
高嶺剛 Go Takamine
Born on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa. Entered the Kyoto University of Education on a national scholarship for exchange students (Okinawa was still under American control at the time), at which time he began shooting 8mm movies. His directorial debut was Okinawan Dream Show (1974), a close look at the scenery of Okinawa around the time of its reversion to Japan. Thereafter he continued to shoot films about Okinawa. Paradise View (1985) was his first narrative film.Untamagiru (1989) won a number of domestic and international prizes. Queer Fish Lane is his new full-length work after 18 years.