Magino Village – A Tale
Japan / 1986 / Color / 222 min / 16mm
In Japanese with English Subtitles
This is the result of Ogawa Productions’ 13 years in Magino village, what they experienced, what they explored, and what they invented. The history of the village - the story of its people and their ancestors - was recreated through the villagers’ memories and the village’s legends told to Ogawa. Historic and even pre-historic objects emerged from the land. They not only told, but also re-enacted their own history themselves.

“We can’t be proud of ourselves just by living in the same village for 13 years,” Ogawa said, “And we, the staff of our productions, know that better than anybody else. We lived there, we were inspired by and learnt from everything that existed there, and we never lost the warmth and the affection that we shared with the village; the people, our friends there and the nature, the life style, the history, all these treasures that an average Japanese village like Magino has. That is what became this film. We shared a wonderful experience, and had a lot of fun making this movie. I hope and believe that we can become friends with people all over the world. I believe that we don’t need passports in our job. We are all citizens of the republic of cinema.”

With this belief, Ogawa Shinsuke worked for the success of the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival after the worldwide triumph of Magino Villlage - A Tale. He suddenly died on February 7, 1992, of a liver disease. This film became his last major work. (From the catalogue of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival '93)

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21/11/2011(Mon) 7:30PM