As I previously mentioned, one of the movies that will be screened during this year’s Toronto Film Festival is Amir Naderi‘s Cut, movie that already got a lot of attention at the Venice Fest.
Described as an exploration of one man’s obsessive relationship with cinema, and a love poem to Japanese films of the past, as well as a protest at the present, this project sounds kind of – boring. I know, I know, but trust me, that’s not exactly the truth, and if you check the rest of this report, you’ll see why…
So, Cut was written and directed by Naderi, and co-written by Shinji Aoyama and Yuichi Tazawa. Naderi explained that the story comes from his own experience as a filmmaker. He also added:
“After meeting and talking to the Japanese actor, Hidetoshi Nishijima, the character of Shuji formed in my mind. Another temptation of making a film in Japan is working with Japanese actors, whom I believe have a very special style and manner in front of the camera. I hope that after working with Japanese people while making ‘Cut’, I can get closer to the spirit of the country.”
Movie follows Shuji, an uncompromising young filmmaker at odds with Japanese society. One day he learns that his loan shark brother, who had helped to finance his films, has been executed by his own yakuza gang for failing to repay his debts.
Cut stars Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takako Tokiwa, Takashi Sasano, Shun Sugata and Denden.
So, as you see, it’s not so boring after all. I like photos, and that crazy little mix of art and blood. And you? What do you think about Cut?
Cut Clip #1
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Cut Clip #3