MAMI: Warning bells for Japanese cinema
Day five at the Mumbai Film Festival started on an ominous note when Takashi Koizumi, Akira Kurosawa’s assistant for two decades, sounded alarm bells for Japanese cinema.
“Today Japanese cinema is focussed on not how beautiful a film is, but how fun it is.”
“Beautiful cinema tries to maintain harmony, but fun cinema destroys harmony. I am alarmed by Japanese cinema right now,” he said to a slightly shocked, but not so unaware gathering.
Koizumi was amazed at the package of Japanese cinema at the Mumbai Film Festival and asked that this retrospective happen in Japan itself so that his own countrymen could see the films of their own great masters.