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The Whispering of the Gods

The Whispering of the Gods

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Rou has returned to the monastery he was raised in. As he listens to the whispering of the Gods through his germanium radio, Rou defies God in every which way and puts religion to the test.

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Rou wanders through the story, encountering violence, distorted sex, and holiness, leaving the audience shocked and thought-provoked.

                     

Ducttape_omori_3 Based on the Akutagawa award-winning novel by Hanamura Mangetsu, the film is directed by Tatsushi Omori. Omori made his directorial debut with this film, after he worked as assistant director for directors such as Sakamoto Junji and Izutsu Kazuyuki.                               

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Blow2 "'The Whispering of the Gods' I believe, is the most powerful Japanese film I have seen during 2005. Certainly, in it, director Omori Tatsushi makes the memorable debut."

----------Donald Richie/film critic

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"Tatsushi Omori's 'The Whispering of the Gods,'a feature film debut, is destined to make the rounds of international festivals on thematic material alone."

----------Ronald Halloway/film critic

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Photography: Emori Yasuyuki

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International Day

Every Friday is "International Day" at the Ikkaku!!!!

On “International Day” the Ikkaku provides a discount price of \1200 (regular exhibition ticket for museum included) for all foreigners in Japan. Throughout the day the film will be screened with English subtitles.

             Screening schedule
    
10:00/13:00/16:00/19:00

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Omori Tatsushi (Director)

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< Director > Omori Tatsushi

Omori was born in 1970 into an acting family; his father is renowned butoh actor Maro Akaji, and his brother is acclaimed actor Omori Nao. Omori worked as assistant director for Sakamoto Junji and Izutu Kazuyuki before working for producer/director Arato Genjiro on "Akame 48 Waterfalls." (2003) In 2001, Omori recieved the NETPAC Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival for "Wave," a film in which he served as both producer and actor. In 2005, he makes his much-awaited directorial debut with "The Whispering of the Gods."   

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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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Muraoka Shinichiro (Producer)

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< Producer > Muraoka Shinichiro

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1972. Muraoka learned film     production under Arato Genjiro, before establishing Akame Works in 2002 and producing the Arato-directed "Akame 48 Waterfalls." In 2004, together with director Omori Tatsushi, Muraoka drummed up      his staff again to set up Germanium Productions for the production    of "The Whispering of the Gods."

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Hamnamura Mangetu(Author of Germanium Nights)

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After completing middle school at a welfare facility run by a Roman Catholic monastery, he wandered the length and breadth of Japan       on a motorcycle, working a wide variety of jobs. When he was about     30, a travel magazine published his journal of a midwinter tour of Hokkaido, and with the money he received he set out to write a     novel. In 1989 his novel "Goddo burei su monogatari" (Shueisha)     won the 2nd Subaru Prize for New Writers, while "Minazuki" (Kodansha) won the 19th Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers in 1998, and "Germanium Nights" took the 119th     Akutagawa Prize. Sex, violence, music, motorcycles--he is a prolific writer of dense, fast-paced portrayals of the vitality, irritations and conflicts that the youth have. His distinctive ethical views, along     with his bold writing challenges basic values, and leaves a great      impact on readers.

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Otsuka Ryo (Cinematographer)

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Born in Saga in 1969. Otuka learns cinematography under Kasamatsu Norimichi, while serving as assistant cinematographer for numerous films, including the earlier Arato production "Akame 48 Waterfalls."(2003) He makes his debut as cinematographer with this film.

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