Throughout the four decades of his career, Hara Kazuo has pursued the bizarre and disturbing margins of Japanese society, certain that central truths are to be found in fringe phenomena. His method of documentation, which he calls “action documentary,” pursues the shocking effect of the action film, following the gesture and staying in the moment – not commenting in voiceover from a safe distance. Hara’s innovations have transformed documentary filmmaking, and contributed directly to the current ascendance of the documentary, both within the industry and among audiences, on a global scale. His best-known admirer is Michael Moore, who lists Hara as one of his favorite directors.
Born in 1945, Hara Kazuo was influenced as a young man by the protest movements that took place throughout Japan and the world in the late 1960s and 70s. He founded Shisso Productions in 1971 with his wife, producer, and primary collaborator Sachiko Kobayashi. He has published five documentary films thus… read more
Its like we all have this big wall to climb, but how can I climb this wall from where I stand the wall is flat and I don't see anywhere else to go? My ego leads me I worship my ego. Is this natural? Do I have a choice? I've never seen a film truer to life and the worship of life. The cult of his present everyday, the occult of his reputation leading him to his death and keeping him from his past, and the truth of his influence and brilliance. He was also a charmer who understood people. I'm not sure but maybe he failed in loving himself, and could have done so without changing the past.