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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Nanako Hirose

IMAGE

Nanako Hirose

MONTAGE

Nanako Hirose

MUSIQUE ORIGINALE

Tsunekichi Suzuki, Biobiopatata

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Eiji Kitahara, Amy Aoyama, Bunbuku

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Le film retrace la carrière d’un graphiste japonais qui compose tous ses livres artisanalement. Nobuyoshi Kikuchi, aujourd’hui âgé de 75 ans, a consacré toute sa vie à concevoir plus de 15 000 ouvrages. La réalisatrice Nanako Hirose a quant à elle passé 3 ans aux côtés de M. Kikuchi à l’observer travailler.

As a book designer, Kikuchi Nobuyoshi has drafted more than 10,000 covers. Working the traditional way, with graph paper, ruler, printed-out Kanji (the Japanese letters) and tape, every copy is first created by the most delicate haptic work, before his assistant, with whom he has been collaborating for more than thirty years, transfers the finished design to the computer. Kikuchi’s books represent a considered, minimalist aesthetics in which every single element – cover, binding, spine, marker ribbon – continues the story he encountered while reading it. Renowned writers like Furui Yoshikichi, who translated Robert Musil and others into Japanese, trust the intuition and skill of Kikuchi, who claims that he has grown increasingly empty over the decades. In her gentle portrait, director Hirose Nanako shows a man whose whole lifestyle is shaped by an elegant and cultivated attitude to things – whether it’s brewing freshly ground coffee, using an old gramophone or strolling through a Tokyo flea market.
(Carolin Weidner)

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