Screening of A.K.A. Serial Killer and Conversation

Screening of A.K.A. Serial Killer and Conversation

Landscape Theory

Screening of A.K.A. Serial Killer and Conversation

Admission starts at $5

March 24, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Friday, March 24 at 7 pm for a screening of Masao Adachi’s A.K.A. Serial Killer (1969, 86 minutes), followed by a video conversation with the filmmaker.

Among Adachi’s most audacious works, A.K.A. Serial Killer (1969) was the film that defined “landscape theory”: the radical Marxist theory asserting that the visible landscape around us is an expression of dominant political power. What can a camera that films a landscape reveal about the social and political structures of a particular place and time? The screening inaugurates the Landscape Theory: Post-1968 Radical Cinema in Japan program curated by Go Hirasawa and Ethan Spigland.

The program is co-presented with Pratt Institute, and co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

Masao Adachi, A.K.A. Serial Killer (1969, 86 minutes)
To put “landscape theory” into practice, Adachi focused on the story of a nineteen-year-old boy, Norio Nagayama, who had recently been convicted for the 1969 murders of four people in four different Japanese cities. Rather than filming the protagonist of the film directly, Adachi decided to turn the camera 180 degrees and film the landscapes that the young man may have encountered during his wanderings, from his birth until his arrest. These images are accompanied by Adachi’s restrained voiceover reciting the facts of his life set to an incendiary free jazz score.

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Experimental Film, Documentary, Japan, Landscape, Violence, State & Government
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Landscape Theory: Post-1968 Radical Cinema in Japan

Masao Adachi (b. 1939) is an artist, screenwriter, filmmaker, and theorist whose radical anti-imperialist beliefs have impacted his life and cinema. Adachi emerged from the Nihon University Film Study Club, alongside filmmakers like Motoharu Jonouchi and Isao Okishima, to become one of the leading figures in the underground experimental scene of the 1960s. Though best known for his writing collaborations with directors Koji Wakamatsu and Nagisa Oshima, he also directed many of his own films, which usually broach interrelated themes of sex and revolutionary politics. In the early 1970s he moved to Palestine and joined the Japanese Red Army. He resided in Lebanon for twenty-eight years, lending assistance to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine until he was arrested and extradited back to Japan in 2000. Since his release from prison, he has resumed making films. Most recently, Adachi directed REVOLUTION+1, a film based on the assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe in 2022, focusing on the suspect Tetsuya Yamagami. On September 27, the day of Abe’s state funeral, a 50-minute version of the film was shown in small theaters across Japan.

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