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5 August 2005 (UK) See more »
A look at the life and work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and his impact on Japanese culture.
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of the Worst Docs I Have Ever Seen! See more (4 total) »


Araki ... Interviewee
Nobuyoshi Araki ... Himself

Björk ... Interviewee
Richard Kern ... Himself

Takeshi Kitano ... Interviewee

Directed by
Travis Klose 
Produced by
Jason Fried .... producer
Regis Trigano .... executive producer
Dylan Verrechia .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
DJ Krush 
Cinematography by
Brian Burgoyne 
Film Editing by
Akiko Iwakawa-Grieve (co-editor)
Masako Tsumura 
Sound Department
Aaron Mendez .... sound designer
Editorial Department
Katsumi Funahashi .... assistant editor
Other crew
Yumi Akiyama .... translator
Dylan Verrechia .... special thanks

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USA:85 min
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16 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
One of the Worst Docs I Have Ever Seen!, 30 June 2005
Author: GongaMan from United States

I must say that when I read the synopsis for this film in the Chicago International Film Fest brochure it seemed interesting. It said that it was a documentary which explores the rich life of a notorious photographer who broke all sorts of new grounds in Japan. I thought that I would go and see the film in order to see how he had been influential and how he caused controversy only to see a film that was horribly disappointing. To me the movie played more as a tribute to a photographer that the filmmakers liked than a true documentary. I walked out of the theater having learned very little. The film is filled with interviews of people who both know and love Araki, people who are all on his side. When there is a controversial subject matter, as Araki's photos undoubtedly were, there are inevitably two sides to the argument. In this film the audience is only exposed to the side of that argument that loves the man and his work. I can't remember one negative thing that was said about Araki throughout the entire feature. In the end I felt as though I had watched a feature length tribute video that someone would show at Araki's birthday party or a family gathering, NOT a film that delved deep into the information and arguments surrounding a potentially rich subject.

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