On the Road: A Document
Directed by Noriaki Tsuchimoto, 1964, 54min, Japanese version with English subtitles
In 1963, Japan was in the midst of its long period of high economic growth and Tokyo was busy revamping its urban infrastructure. When most were celebrating the economic expansion, Noriaki Tsuchimoto focused his analytical gaze on the life of one taxi driver. What he saw were miserable and unhealthy labor conditions, a Tokyo littered with traffic jams and construction work, a city where traffic accidents were multiplying and pedestrians unsafe. Coupling the tense visuals with impressive music, Tsuchimoto likens this supposedly new Tokyo to a skeletal wreck.
The film will be introduced by Ms. Fujioka Asako, current board member and former Director of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.