Takahiko Iimura is considered one of the most influential and important experimental filmmakers of our time. In an era of the explosion of Underground Film in the States, Iimura, almost alone in Tokyo, began making experimental film just reading the news from abroad without actually seeing them. His work explores wide range of experiments from poetic cinema with Dadaist and Surrealist influence and Absurdist filmic play in the 1960s through more formal and conceptual investigations in the 1970s and the later. He is also a widely established international artist, having numerous exhibitions including installation and performance in Japan, the USA and Europe. One of his early films, Onan, which is the starter of this collection, was awarded Special Prize at the legendary Brussels International Experimental Film Festival, 1964. This compilation assembles mainly his early stage of the 1960s except AIUEONN Six Features (1993).
Onan (1963, 7min.)
White Calligraphy (1967, 11min)
AIUEONN Six Features (1993, 7min.)
Face (1968-69, 17min.)
Filmmakers (1969, 28min.)
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