New Visions: The Sketch of Mujo
A documentary by filmmaker Omiya Koichi presented by Melnitz Movies and the Paul. I and Hisako Terasaki Center as part of the film series "New Visions of Japanese Cinema"
Friday, March 09, 2012
The James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA
THE SKETCH OF MUJO is the first documentary to be filmed in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region of Japan in March 2011. Award-winning filmmaker Omiya Koichi skillfully weaves together images of the devastation with simply told accounts to create a raw sketch of a changed region, whilst also looking to the future.
The picture never identifies the locations or people, never reduces what happened to dry statistics. It simply projects onto the silver screen the aftermath of this unprecedented event, and shows the lives that go on. What does reconstruction mean? Where are we headed? Many questions arise in the darkness of the theater during THE SKETCH OF MUJO.
Official Selection, Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival
“It contains one stark truth, that in the face of such events, the point is that there are often no words. We can only bear witness, which THE SKETCH OF MUJO does commendably.” –Alexander Hay, Olderiswiser.com
Director Koichi…holds his camera steady on scenes of utter devastation and allows us time to pick out resonant details – an upturned car on the roof of a two-story house, a child’s toy amid the rubble of a former nursery – and he speaks to residents who discuss their woes with philosophical outlook, and a staunch resilience… [THE SKETCH OF MUJO is] a portrait of the country that felt necessary and relevant.” –Philip Concanon, Mostly Film
“Heart-breaking and beautifully shot” –Susan Meehan, The Japan Society
Director: KOICHI OMIYA
Planner: KAZUHIRO NAGAO, KOICHI OMIYA
Cinematographer: DAIDO YAMAUCHI
Editor: SHINJI TOYAMA
Blu-Ray, 75 min.
This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at the box office one hour before screening. Visit the Melnitz Movies website for more details.
Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies