Shinji Somai retrospective announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012
PP Rider, The Catch, Typhoon Club and more to screen at EIFF 2012
Japanese director Shinji Somai will be the subject of a major retrospective at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. The director, who died in 2001, is greatly admired in Japan, and is now gradually beginning to achieve international recognition.
Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: 'Shinji Somai is one of the most personal and original Japanese filmmakers, and a master whose work has been almost completely neglected outside Japan. Just over ten years after his passing, I believe the time is right for Somai. Audiences and critics will be amazed by what they discover in this body of work, which I’m delighted to bring to the UK.'
Among the films to be screened are Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981), PP Rider (1983), The Catch (1983), Typhoon Club (1985), Moving (1993), The Friends (1994) and Wait and See (1998), with more titles still to be confirmed.
The announcement shows the EIFF's commitment to bringing back solid retrospective programmes and a determination to position themselves as a serious film festival after a lacklustre performance in 2011.