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Nippon Nights is a monthly series presenting different genres, styles and generations of Japanese Cinema to Bay Area audiences. Our 9th Film of the series, "FLASHBACK MEMORIES" is an awards winning music documentary.
FLASHBACK MEMORIES by Tetsuaki Matsue
“God, please do not erase at least this memory.”
Didgeridoo performer, GOMA, developed higher
brain dysfunction as the result of an expressway
accident. While looking back on his rehabilitation
and recovery with his family's help, animation
recreates his “flashbacks” - incongruous images
that suddenly appear in his brain. This completely
new style movie blends past footage, flashbacks, and studio performances an emphatic story of familial love.
On November 26th 2009, didgeridoo performer GOMA was involved in a collision on the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway. The accident left him with partial memory loss and difficulty remembering new things, all of which were later diagnosed as symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
"FLASHBACK MEMORIES" looks back upon his rehabilitation and recovery, which were aided by his family and his wife's diaries, by recreating GOMA's flashbacks and animating the incongruous images that would suddenly appear in his brain. This never-before-seen style blends past footage, flashbacks, and studio performances in an emphatic story of familial love.
Through his flashbacks and a live studio performance the viewer is invited to experience life through Goma's eyes.
Directed by Tetsuaki Matsue, 72min, 2012, Japan, Subtitled in English.
Tokyo International Film Festival; Audience Award Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea; NETPAC Award
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