Kei Fujiwara Double Feature
KEI FUJIWARA DOUBLE FEATURE
FFFEST is honored to host this special tribute to the largely overlooked and multitalented Japanese artist, Kei Fujiwara. In this double feature of Fujiwara’s early work, Fujiwara’s influence and unique style can be felt from behind the camera as a cinematographer on the rare TETSUO: THE IRON MAN, and as the director, star, and producer on her debut feature, ORGAN.
Kei Fujiwara is a Japanese actor, director, and cinematographer. Fujiwara came from a poor family in the country, and moved to Tokyo to pursue a career in theater. She spent years creating underground theater companies, and collaborated with Shinya Tsukamoto on the plays and 8mm films he created. For Tsukamoto's film TETSUO: THE IRON MAN, she participated both in front of the camera as the unnamed Girlfriend character, as well as behind the camera as one of the cinematographers. After the production, she returned to underground theater. She formed the Organ Vital company, which produced the play ORGAN and adapted the play into the film of the same name.
*Introduction by Japan Society’s Film Assistant, Amber Noé
ORGAN DIR. KEI FUJIWARA
1996 / 105min / DVD / Watch Trailer
ORGAN is a Japanese horror film written, directed, produced by, and starring first-time director Kei Fujiwara (an actress best known for starring in the cult film TETSUO: THE IRON MAN). It tells the grim story of a pair of detectives, Numata and Tosaka, who stumble across a ring of thieves who deal not in gems or stolen electronics, but human organs, which the villains graphically and forcefully harvest from living victims. When things go haywire during a raid on the group’s surgical headquarters, Numata barely escapes. Through a series of surreal and gory events, the identities of the organ dealers are revealed as Numata plans his revenge.
“I wanted to describe the agony of a wounded soul of someone decaying from the inside.”
TETSUO: THE IRON MAN DIR. SHINYA TSUKAMOTO (CINEMATOGRAPHY + COSTUME BY KEI FUJIWARA)
1989 / 77min / DCP / Watch Trailer
TETSUO tells a horrific, cyberpunk-influenced science fiction tale about the intersection of man and post-industrial technology. The central character is a Japanese salaryman, an average office worker who is transformed by a brief encounter with a metal fetishist, a man who has purposefully implanted pieces of scrap metal in his body. The salary man soon begins sprouting pieces of metal from various parts of his body, a change which is accompanied by increasingly nightmarish visions and bizarre, metal-filled sexual fantasies. A masterclass in DIY filmmaking, dystopian horror, and narrative efficiency, TETSUO holds the audience hostage to its equal parts gory, erotic, and strangely beautify story. Though there are certainly nods to directors like Lynch and Cronenberg, as well as Japanese art and animation, TETSUO remains a staunchly singular viewing experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early as screenings & panels will start on time.
34 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011