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Of Sea and Soil. The Cinema of Tsuchimoto Noriaki and Ogawa Shinsuke

On the occasion of the film programmes dedicated to Ogawa Shinsuke and Ogawa Pro at CINEMATEK (April 1 – May 5, 2019) and Tsuchimoto Noriaki at Courtisane Festival (April 3 – 7, 2019), the publication Of Sea and Soil: The Cinema of Tsuchimoto Noriaki and Ogawa Shinsuke will be available at Courtisane festival and CINEMATEK. This English publication – compiled, edited and published by Sabzian, Courtisane and CINEMATEK – aims to trace the trajectories of Ogawa Shinsuke and Tsuchimoto Noriaki, who film critic Hasumi Shigehiko respectively called “the filmmaker of the soil” and “the filmmaker of the sea”. The publication has taken the form of a scrapbook which assembles a patchwork of writings, quotes and interviews that we were able to track down and translate, with the help of numerous other “amateurs” who admire and cherish the work of these two filmmakers.

  • Introduction

    Stoffel Debuysere, Elias Grootaers | 2019


  • Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary

    Markus Nornes | 2007, 2019

  • Cinematographic and Political Activities of a Committed Filmmaker

    Ogawa Shinsuke | 1975

  • Statement on The Battle Front for the Liberation of Japan – Summer in Sanrizuka

    Ogawa Shinsuke | 1968

  • Statement on Sanrizuka – Peasants of the Second Fortress 

    Ogawa Shinsuke | 1971

  • What Kind of Man Is Ogawa Shinsuke?

    Tsuchimoto Noriaki | 1968

  • Time in a Village Tirelessly Under Surveillance

    Ogawa Pro | 1972

  • The Struggle Has Not Finished Yet 

    Ogawa Shinsuke | 1972

  • A Letter Before Death

    Sannomiya Fumio | 1971

  • The Image That Is Captured Is Guided by the Relationship Between the One Who Is Filmed and the One Who Films. An Interview with Yumoto Mareo 

    Kouni Kazuhiko | 1975

  • Rice Production, the Village of Furuyashiki and the People in the Film

    Ogawa Pro | 1981

  • Living Like a Peasant Among Peasants. An Interview with Ogawa Shinsuke

    Andrée Tournès | 1984

  • The Relationship Between Seeing and Not Seeing

    Ogawa Shinsuke | 1986

  • Documentary’s Sense of Reality

    Ogawa Shinsuke | 1987

  • Documenting the Heart and Soul of the People Who Tell Stories

    Ogawa Shinsuke | 1987

  • The Sundial Carved with a Thousand Years of Notches – The Magino Village Story. An Interview with Ogawa Shinsuke

    Regula Köni | 1987

  • The Documentary Imprinted Into the Body. Fragments from a Conversation Between Ogawa Shinsuke and Photographer Naitō Masatoshi


  • When Serge Daney Met Ogawa Shinsuke

    Serge Daney | 1989

  • The Theater of a Thousand Years

    Markus Nornes | 1997

  • Otsu Koshiro in Conversation with Katō Takanobu



  • Tsuchimoto Noriaki and Environment in Documentary Film

    Aaron Gerow | 2019

  • Showing Is Not Enough. An Interview with Tsuchimoto Noriaki

    Aaron Gerow and Yasui Yoshio | 1995

  • “Can I Eat, Die, and Love There?”. My Private and Cinematic Experiences in a Different Culture

    Tsuchimoto Noriaki | 1992

  • Statement on Minamata – The Victims and Their World

    Tsuchimoto Noriaki | 1972

  • On Minamata. An Interview with Tsuchimoto Noriaki

    Gérard Langlois | 1972

  • Setting Out for Documentary’s Virgin Territory

    Tsuchimoto Noriaki | 1986

  • An Exchange of Letters

    Tsuchimoto Noriaki and Claude Lanzmann | 1996

  • Hand-to-Hand. An Interview with Tsuchimoto Noriaki

    Éric Vidal | 1999

  • Notes on the Struggle for the Sea. On Umitori – The Stolen Sea at Shimokita Peninsula

    Tsuchimoto Noriaki | 1985

  • When Movies Are Born

    Tsuchimoto Motoko | 2019

  • My Kind of Fire

    John Gianvito | 2019

Publication compiled by
Stoffel Debuysere, Elias Grootaers and Quinten Wyns

Sis Matthé, Giulia Galvan, Ingeborg Verplancke, Lisa Spilliaert, Geert van Bremen, Yuichiro Onuma, Annelies Smet, Britt Stuckens and Aaron Vande Mergel

Copy editing
Rebecca Jane Arthur and Sis Matthé

Patrice Deweer

Printed by
Grafikon NV , Flin Graphic Group

Thanks to
Ricardo Matos Cabo, Tsuchimoto Motoko, John Gianvito, Markus Nornes, Aaron Gerow, Oki Masaharu (Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival), Matsumoto Toshio (Athenée Français Tokyo), Kubota Yuri (Japan Foundation), Yamagami Sakiko (Siglo), Sato Tokue (Kanatasha), Ikoma Yuki (Embassy of Japan in Belgium), Quinten Wyns, Ingeborg Verplancke, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Lisa Spilliaert, Annelies Smet, Tom Arents, Britt Stuckens, Aaron Vande Mergel, Geert van Bremen, Yuichiro Onuma, Nele Noppe, Luk Van Haute