No Man's Zone Fukushima


No Man's Zone Fukushima

Toshi FujiwaraJapan – 2012

A man wanders through the 20-kilometre exclusion zone around the stricken nuclear reactors at Fukushima. The cherry trees are in bloom and the natural surroundings make an idyllic impression. Radiation is invisible, yet a gaping emptiness looms where the tsunami engulfed streets and houses. The man is wearing normal clothing, just like the people still toughing it out here, for the time being at least. He occa- sionally encounters white “ghosts” in protective clothing, performing strange tasks. As in Tarkovsky’s STALKER, the zone in Fujiwara Toshi’s NO MAN’S ZONE is both a place and a mental state. A gradual disintegration began long before the destruction and devastation, a process defied for the most part by the old people our “Stalker” encounters. A voice accom- panies the filmmaker’s wanderings, that of Armenian-Canadian actress Arsinée Khanjian, a voice from a place of exile, unfamiliar and sympathetic.

NO MAN’S ZONE is a complex reflection on the relationship between images and fears, on being addicted to the apocalypse, on the ravaged relationship between man and nature. For the zone to be decontam- inated and returned to the people, nature itself will have to undergo an amputation.

Original Title No Man's Zone Fukushima
German Title Niemandszone - Mujin chitai
French Title No Man's Zone
Other Titles No Man's Zone
Directed by Toshi Fujiwara
Country Japan
Available Formats Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Toshi Fujiwara
Film Editing Isabelle Ingold
Soundtrack Barre Phillips
Cinematography Kato Takanobu
Sound Usui Masaru
Décors Franck Malmin (visual effects)
Costumes Arsinée Khanjian (Sprecherin)
Production Aliocha Films, Tokyo
Runtime 103 Min.
Language Japanisch, Englisch/d/f

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