In CinemAsia FilmTALKS, specialists tell about the background of a special film. Some time ago, during World Cinema Amsterdam, Japan specialist Tom Mes gave this introduction – now on this video – about the Japanese film “The Wolves of the East” within the historical context of Japanese cinema. Be surprised about the story behind the film.
Tom Mes: ” When you watch the movie and if you didn’t know it was made by a Cuban, you probably wouldn’t guess. You’d think it is a Japanese film.”
Japanese cinema specialist Tom Mes will present – on behalf of CinemAsia FilmTALKS – an introduction to the film The Wolves of the East . Tom Mes teaches at Leiden University and wrote books about directors Miike Takashi and Tsukamoto Shinya as well as about actress Kaji Meiko. Tom Mes is one of the founders of the website Midnighteye.com (visions of Japanese cinema) and regularly provides audio commentary and other bonus material for DVD and Blu-ray releases of Japanese films.
Obsession with wolves
75-year-old, lonely Akira – a former sailor who once sailed the world – lives in the wooded area of the village Higashi Yoshino in the Nara region. He has been chairman of the local hunting club for many years, but his obsession with wolves, which have disappeared from the area, leads to trouble. When he is removed from the position of chairman, he decides to head into the forest to kill the wolf that embodies the spirit of Higashi Yoshino.
Director Carlos M. Quintela
In the south of the Japanese island of Honshu is Nara Prefecture with its eponymous capital. This is where the biannual Nara International Film Festival takes place, founded by Director Naomi Kawase (An, Radiance). A fixed part of the festival programme is NARAtive, which aims to promote the beauty of the region and city. Cuban Director Carlos M. Quintela, whose La piscina won the 2013 WCA Jury Prize, contributed to NARAtive with this beautiful drama produced by Kawase.