New Visions: THE SKETCH OF MUJO (Koichi Omiya, 2011)

Event Date: March 9, 2012 - 7:30pm

Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA

New Visions of Japanese Cinema

Sponsored by UCLA's Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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.

Co-Presented by the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies

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,

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

Cinematographer: DAIDO YAMAUCHI
Blu-Ray, 75 min.

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