Gekibako
FROM EASTERN AURA TO CHINA EXPRESS
Director KADOWAKI Kenji
Country Japan
Year 2003
Running Time 12'
Definition/Color
Genre Experimental
Premier Status World Premiere
Introduction
Gekibako is an experimental movie that describes an illicit love affair between a samurai and a geisha during the Edo period (1630? 1867). The smurai killed the geisha because he thought she had betrayed him, but that was a misunderstanding that led to a tragedy. Gekibako is a Japanese word meaning 'box as theatre.' Gekibako is a device with six sides, each of them has a picture showung a narrative. It is associated with a zoetrope, a device called 'the origin of the movie' in the West but in the Eest. However, this movie associates a classical narrative in the 18th century not only with the cinematic imagination using a modern device like gekibako but also with oriental imagination that pursues fetishism of a machine. As shown by its original title "Hand of Destiny," oriental imagination does not view the cinematic device as a common visual device. Instead, it creates an idea of a hand of destiny. The movie ends with the emergence of the man who manipulates gekibako. He is given a role as a 'Kuroko' (He is a puppeteer in black clothes. Even though the audience can see him manipulating puppets on the stage, they tacitly agree that he is not there.) in Bunraku, a Japanese traditional puppet theatre. (Yoon Ah Han)
Director
KADOWAKI Kenji