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Into a Dream (Yume no naka and,夢の中へ)

I Am Sion Sono! (Ore wa Sono Sion da!, 俺は園子温だ !)

Directed, Story and Screenplay : Sono Sion
· Sono Sion

Year : 1985
Running Time: 30 mins.
Release Date: 1985

The young Sono Sion presents, discusses in detail the context of time and weather conditions of the moment, shows snippets of daily life, plays snippets of poetry or short story, comments impromptu their actions and the making of the film, pulls out of bed a friend to involve him in the filming, by phone convenes an acquaintance and interview shouting with a shrill voice, do you shave your hair, flirts with plaster statues.

Shot in 8mm and winner of the 1986 edition of the PIA Film Festival, Ore wa Sono Sion da! It is the feature debut of young director, who until then had mainly devoted to poetry, ushering in the initial stage of film credits are, the one that most clearly manifests ambitions of experimentation and avant-gardism.

Structured in a series of sometimes homogeneous blocks, in other cases interspersed with images from the symbolic flavor or Dadaist, this short film focuses almost exclusively on the figure and on the entry of the same are, who records a still or leave (in itself a camera the film) the task to a friend. With attitude often playful and the insignia of the most complete randomness, the young director and said plasma, abandoning even at metacinematografico character reflections, the realization of the work in the course of his gait.

Beyond some ingenuity and his sconclusionatezza bottom , Ore wa Sono Sion da! it is appreciated for its boldness, for the freedom of expression of some sequences and the undeniable interest immediately aroused by the eccentric and irreverent character of the same are. Especially, when viewed in retrospect, surprising the many similarities to later works, the firm omens thematic and stylistic coherence that sustains the entire filmography, in other respects Eclectic, Sono. Be mentioned, attention for scanning and recording the time, the inclination to metaphor and the paradox, and finally the obsession with sex, violence, and Western art (seen with decadent taste): all of which will a significant role in the production of I, as well as, in terms of style, the use of first-person narrative voice that betrays an autobiographical approach here present from the title (it should be remembered that many of the situations present in the films of They shall draw on the wealth of personal experiences of the director). Even the use of color and music in oxymoronic function, which here are in many shots, is one of the main recurring features in the next production of the director.

Worth noting, as the same are, in the scene where sudden interview her friend earnestly endeavoring to embarrass (shouting questions with shrill voice, shakes her by the shoulders, teases her, forces her to perform actions foolish, trying to force her to smoke a cigarette), remember many of those characters at the same time bizarre and disturbing, clowns and violent, manipulative and liberators who, in his films, put pressure on the players to induce them to externalize things that apparently are beyond by their nature.

[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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