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Takashi Miike: "When you make films with what you've got, originality comes through naturally"

PRESS CONFERENCE- Takashi Miike : "When you make films with what you've got, the originality comes through naturally"

the 20.05.2013 at 12:38 PM - Updated on 21.05.2013 at 12:59 PM
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In Competition with the "survival" film, Wara No Tate, the Japanese filmmaker gave his press conference in the company of his starring actors, Nanako Matsushima and Takao Osawa.

Takashi Miike on the "giri", a Japanese term that suggests duty and moral and social obligation:
When you describe human beings, you show them in all their facets. This is a story about the police and criminals, but they're people just like anyone else, with a social life, a daily life. That's what I wanted to depict.

Takashi Miike on the difficulties of shooting:
Shooting the film was problematic, because we've lost touch to some extent with the tradition of action films, complete with stuntmen. For the high speed train, Japanese railways didn't want me to film for security reasons, but I was able to do it in Taiwan, where they have the same trains. Taiwan has always been very helpful to me.

On the characters and the differences from the novel:
Nanako Matsushima (whose character is a man in the novel): It's true these are real changes, and they introduce new elements. My character is a policewoman, and takes a critical view of criminals, but it's just her job. Above all she is a mother.

Takao Osawa: In my view the most important themes in the original novel resurface in the film. Each person has their own opinion of justice. We all have good and evil in us, and find the right balance for our lives. All it takes is a small thing and that balance can be lost.

Takashi Miike, on Shohei Imamura, one of his masters:
He taught me that you have to make films with what you have. Sometimes people try to be original or different. But when you make films with what you've got, the originality comes through naturally.

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With both Matsushima Nanako and Osawa Takao

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Matsushima Nanako

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Miike with his two leads.

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Osawa Takao

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Osawa Takao and Matsushima Nanako

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Lovely dress Mastushima-san.

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unbroken_glass 21st-May-2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Would have loved the dress but do not like the ribbon thingy ugh.
katzsong 21st-May-2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
came here to say the same thing :P
inachan89 21st-May-2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
Me too lol
sibylblack 21st-May-2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
Minakata-sensei ♥

I thought there was only one Japanese movie at Cannes. It's so great to see Japanese actors/directors abroad!
islandgurl84 21st-May-2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
Loving all the news on Japanese movies at Cannes. Classy and elegant, that's how I see Japanese actors and directors at the filmfest. Osawa san looks really yummy in tux and Nanako chan is exceptionally elegant well except for that humongous ribbon and Miike sensei is a legendary director sharing his insights with the media.
sibylblack 22nd-May-2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Me too, I'm loving the news and I'm looking forward to seeing the movies!
kat_desu 21st-May-2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Matsushima Nanako & Osawa Takao both look gorgeous! (*0*)
I've seen mixed reviews about this movie but I still want to see it.
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