Mizu no nai puru (Ein Pool ohne Wasser), 1982, Wakamatsu Kōji

Hirasawa Go I

Mizu no nai puru (A Pool Without Water)

Director: Wakamatsu Kōji; Screenplay: Uchida Eiichi; Editing: Nakajima Teruo; Music: Ōno Katsuo; With Uchida Yūya, Mie, Nakamura Reiko, Fujita Yumiko, Shima Akemi. JP, 1982, DCP (from 35mm), color, 103 min. Japanese with English subtitles
Kōji Wakamatsu, who – along with Masao Adachi and Atsushi Yamatoya – had transformed soft pornography (pinku eiga) into revolutionary cinema in the late 1960s and early 1970s with films like Violated Virgin, Sex Jack and Ecstasy of the Angels fought bitterly against the decline of revolutionary cinema, as did many of his colleagues. In 1969 he succeeded in producing Prey together with a major film company. In it, a rock singer who remains rooted in the past confronts the new hyper-consumption society with reggae and the force of arms. A Pool Without Water followed a short time later. Inspired by an actual crime involving chloroform, Wakamatsu chose the same lead actor as in Prey, musician Yūya Uchida, and selected novelist Eiichi Uchida as screenwriter. The film shows the everyday madness of a railroad employee, but differs from Wakamatsu's previous work in that it is not set on a political level, but brings a new, revolutionary point of view into play. (H.G.)

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Fr 22.10.2021 18:30
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