Film Screening: Lost Lovers (Arakajime Uchinawareta Koibito-tachi yo)

  • Starts: 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2013
Directed by Soichiro Tahara and Kunio Shimizu. With Renji Ishibashi, Kaori Momoi, Tenmei Kano Japan 1971, 35mm, b/w, 122 min. Japanese with English subtitles A poetic and vivid evocation of defeated youth looking back at Japan's extinguished student protest movement and lost revolution, Lost Lovers is a stylistically innovative and unusual art film that anticipates the drifting, melancholy cinema of Shinji Aoyama and Tomita Katsuya. Lost Lovers follows the picaresque adventures of an indelible anti-hero crowned with the bittersweet aura of faded glory, a former champion pole vaulter turned drifter whose aimless path leads him to Japan's remote North and into the company of a young deaf-dumb couple who calm the ex-athlete's restless anger and teach him a new intuitive relationship with the world. The debut film of documentarian Tahara Soichiro and playwright Shimizu Konio, Lost Lovers intermixes verité style and theatrical performance to inject a spirited yet thoughtful restlessness to the film's gently comic yet deeply poignant rendering of vulnerable dreamers.
Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

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