Okinawa Focus

Taro Okamoto (1911-1996), one of Japan’s leading artists, traveled to Okinawa in 1959 and 1966. The impetus for it was his search for his identity as a Japanese and embarking on a journey to rediscover Japan. The final destination of the trip was “Okinawa”. What is the Japanese? What is oneself? What he wanted to find was answers to these questions. During his trip to Okinawa more than 60 years ago, what Taro captured was the ‘poignant tenderness of life’ of people living naked. Taro Okamoto vented his whole body and existence on this, saying, “Okinawa was like a love for me.” And Taro Okamoto draws a certain conclusion. “Lost Japan lies within Okinawa.” “I rediscovered myself for the first time in Okinawa.” Taro Okamoto himself blended in with Okinawa and met himself there. What was Taro’s Okinawa that he fell in love with so much? And what does “Taro Okamoto’s Okinawa” tell us today, and how does it connect with us today? This is a documentary film in which Taro leads us on a journey through Okinawa to find it out, 50 years after Okinawa’s reversion. This is “Documentary Film Taro Okamoto’s Okinawa (Complete Edition)” which has been reconstructed and re-edited over several years while continuing to conduct interviews from the previous film.

  • Director:Yoshihisa Katsurayama
  • Japan
  • 2022
  • 131min.
  • color
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  • Japanese
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Screening Dates, Times, and Venues

Sep.22 (Thu.) 17:00-
Kinsho Hall

Sep.23 (Fri) 10:00-
Kinsho Hall

* Only if there are vacant seats, tickets are available at the door.

Guest Talk

Sep.22 (Thu.) 17:00-
Sep.23 (Fri) 10:00-
After screening

movie trailer
Yoshihisa Katsurayama
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