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This week on Banji Kaicho, we pay tribute to film director, novelist & composer Shinji Aoyama and his magnum opus “Kitakyushu Saga”. Set in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, the trilogy inaugurated with Helpless (1996), peaked in Eureka (2000) and eventually wrapped up by Sad Vacation (2007). Like most Aoyama’s movies, “Kitakyushu Saga” deals with existentialism, human relationship and often deep traumas from broken family and illogical violence, while not without wit, fascination and hope.

Known as a flag barer for Rikkyo New Wave aka second Japanese New Wave Cinema, Aoyama’s artistry in cinematography and storytelling had differed himself from his colleagues Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Akihiko Shiota and other contemporaries such as Sion Sono and Takashi Miike. What’s more personally attached to me is his detail-oriented use of sounds and music in his pictures, often providing critical clues of emotion and transition. A close friend to J experimental underground scene, his frequent collaborators include Otomo Yoshihide, Phew, Isao Yamada as well as Jim O’Rourke.

Aoyama passed away this March due to esophageal cancer at the age of 57. For this show, I’ve hand picked some memorable clips from the three movies, heavily mixed them with a bag of Japanese folk, ambient and electronic oddity – to relive those summer days and nights in Kitakyushu, the place where Aoyama was born and raised, and where all our kizuna, nostalgia or distress could be found.

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    Time: May 23 - 9:04:08 am
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    Ichiko Aoba, “Iriguchi Deguchi”

    Speedstar - 2013

  • Time: May 23 - 9:14:37 am
  • See-Through

    Kumi Takahara, “Roll”

    from See-Through

    flau - 2021

  • Time: May 23 - 9:22:11 am
  • Tangerine

    Reiko and Tori Kudo, “Homeless (Alternate Version)”

    from Tangerine

    A Colourful Storm - 2021

  • Time: May 23 - 9:30:13 am
  • Rovo, “Loquix”

    from Mon

    Hi-Fidelity Flag Disc - 2004

  • Time: May 23 - 9:39:55 am
  • Shinji Aoyama & Isao Yamada, “Eureka”

    from Eureka Original Soundtrack Score

    Volcano - 2001

  • Time: May 23 - 9:43:59 am
  • Chie Otomi, “Fizzy Spore”

    from Namisen

    Muzan Editions - 2018

  • Time: May 23 - 9:57:42 am
  • 五つの赤い風船, “時々それは”

    from New Sky (アルバム第5集 Part 1)

    URC - 1971

  • Time: May 23 - 10:09:23 am
  • Shinji Aoyama & Isao Yamada, “Indian Summer”

    from Eureka Original Soundtrack Score

    Volcano - 2001

  • Time: May 23 - 10:18:31 am
  • Tayutau

    Tomo-Nakaguchi, “Waking Up In The Night Zoo”

    from Tayutau

    self-released - 2022

  • Time: May 23 - 10:24:15 am
  • Shinji Aoyama & Isao Yamada, “End Theme”

    from Eureka Original Soundtrack Score

    Volcano - 2001

  • Time: May 23 - 10:31:13 am
  • Shigeru Umebayashi, “Bazaar”

    from BazaaR

    Victor - 1986

  • Time: May 23 - 10:34:16 am
  • New Decade

    Phew, “Days Nights”

    from New Decade

    Mute - 2021

  • Time: May 23 - 10:49:57 am
  • Dowser, “Encoda”

    from Telecoma

    Creativeman Disc. - 1997

    Banji Kaicho    May 23rd, 2022

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