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Nude at Heart

Nude at Heart
Yoichiro Okutani
Editing Makes the Film 2021
Documentary Film
Japan,
France
2021
109 minutes
Japanese
subtitles: 
French, English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Yoichiro Okutani
Asako Fujioka
Eric Nyari
Annie Ohayon-Dekel
Mary Stephen
Yoichiro Okutani
Haruyuki Suzuki
Yoichiro Okutani

A background study of a dying amusement culture, filmed in slovenly dressing rooms in front of badly polished make-up mirrors. – That’s how far editor Mary Stephen follows director Yoichiro Okutani’s montage interpretation of his own footage about the Japanese strippers called Odoriko. But Stephen’s editor’s cut begins fully dressed: a tastefully lit stage overture in costume, starting from which she rearranges or rather sheds the material, reintegrating image and sound sequences originally discarded by Okutani, for example the titular statement of an Odoriko explaining her choice of profession: “It was about being nude at heart.”

Sylvia Görke
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Sense and Being
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Odoriko

Odoriko
Yoichiro Okutani
Editing Makes the Film 2021
Documentary Film
Japan,
USA,
France
2020
114 minutes
Japanese
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Yoichiro Okutani
Asako Fujioka
Eric Nyari
Yoichiro Okutani
Annie Ohayon-Dekel
Yoichiro Okutani
Keiko Okawa
Young-chang Hwang
Yoichiro Okutani
Yoichiro Okutani

A background study of a dying amusement culture, filmed in slovenly dressing rooms in front of badly polished make-up mirrors. – Director Yoichiro Okutani follows the Odoriko, the Japanese strippers, through their daily routine between dressing and undressing, between pragmatic approaches to life and eroticism made fit for the stage. Okutani’s cut begins naked: A nude woman descends a staircase, filmed not to advantage but with the brutal ordinariness of routine. One production year and five minutes lie between this – Okutani’s – director’s cut and Mary Stephen’s editor’s cut “Nude at Heart”. But how much more?

Sylvia Görke
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Sense and Being