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Arato Genjiro (General Producer)

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< General Producer > Arato Genjiro

In 1980 he produced "Zigeunerweisen", directed by Suzuki Seijun.    Arato developed and put in action the "direct from the      manufacturer" system of creating both a film, and a venue to show     it in; for many years he successfully operated "Cinema Placette,"       an inflatable tent-dome theater. His unorthodox screening strategy engraved his name as a pioneer in single-venue releases for     domestic films."Zigeunerweisen" won a great deal of acclaim both     at home and abroad, winning a Silver Bear Award at the 1981 Berlin International Film Festival, and the Japan Academy and Kinema    Junpo Awards for Best Film. In 1989 "Knockout"--the debut film        for both director Sakamoto Junji and star Akai Hidekazu-- won the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Film and caused a sensation in the Japanese film industry. He continued his partnership with Sakamoto Junji on "Tekken,"(90) "Checkmate,"(91) and "Tokarev."(94) Arato has consistantly produced controversial films, including Suzuki's     "Heat Shimmer Theater," (81) "Yumeji," (94) and Bando      Tamasaburo's "The Operating Room," (92) grabbing recognition in     the industry for his exceptional style. In 2003 he directed          "Akame 48 Waterfalls," which marked a 14-month run in theatres.      In addition to winning over 30 prizes, including the Blue Ribbon and Mainichi Film Coucours Awards for Best Film, the film introduced      actor Onishi Takijiro, who won the Mainichi Film Coucours Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award for his role in the film.

A quarter-century past since "Zigeunerweisen," Arato takes on         Omori Tatsushi's debut film,
"The Whispering of the Gods."

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Photography: Emori Yasuyuki

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