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Takayuki Yoshida – Ponpoko Mountain


Synopsis: A Romanian sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, once said: “who is no longer a child is no longer an artist”.

The ponpoko mountains are air playground equipments of white color which are set at some parks in Japan. They are trampolines like snow mountains and children are playing on the top of mountains. This poetic film expresses the encounter between the color of white and children in the unique landscape where there are domed curves.
Although nature creates sensual curved lines while humans create inflexible straight lines, the curve lines of ponpoko mountains are created by humans and they attract me.
It is also an homage to the Robert Flaherty’s documentary film “Nanook of the North”, which expresses the encounter between the white color of snow field and children of Inuit in the landscape where there are domed curves of igloo. It is a scene that has been long forgotten in the history of moving image.

Takayuki_Yoshidabio: Born in 1972, Hokkaido, Japan. While working as an editor of international journal “Japan Echo (Cuadernos de Japón)”, studied filmmaking at the Film School of Tokyo (eigabigakkou) and involved in making some documentary films. An international film festival, Tokyo FILMeX / Talents Tokyo, coordinator. An editor of Japanese documentary magazine “neoneo”, and co-author of Japanese books on Chris Marker and American avant-garde movies.


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