Uzu

Japanese Film image

Directed by
Gaspard Kuentz

Countries of production
Japan

Year of production
2015

Black and white, colour or both
Colour

Duration
27 minutes

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest

Special Interest

Held every October in the city of Matsuyama, the Dogo Autumn Festival is one of the most violent religious festivals celebrated in Japan. Eight teams of men carrying massive portable wood shrines that can weigh up to a ton collide them together in a holy battle, leaving many injured and exhausted. "Uzu" is an immersive documentary film that focuses on the physical and spiritual experience of the festival from within. A thrilling ride into the violence as well as a penetrating insight into its meaning, "Uzu" propounds a unique cinematic experience, between sensory ethnography and "war" reporting.

Community and/or ethnic group
Japanese

Language(s) of film subjects
Japanese

Location(s) depicted
Matsuyama (Japan)

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