Friday, July 17, 2015
Wages of Resistence: Narita Stories (2014) Japan Cuts
Mix of interviews and archival footage tells the story of the struggle of the lowly farmers against the powerful government. Its a cautionary tale of what can happen when a government thinks itself above the law.
Interesting but over long story of a 45 year long struggle held my interest for about an hour or so, but somewhere along the way I started to check my watch and ponder if there wasn't a speedier way of telling this story. This is an intellectual film and probably the artiest of all of Japan Cuts and its a film one can admire more than love.
This is one of those times where I have to applaud the Japan Society for bringing this small independent film to the US, but at the same time I have to ponder who they thought this film was for.