Dir. Koji Wakamatsu
2010 | Japan | 85 min | R21 (Sexual Scenes) | 35mm | In Japanese with English subtitles
Date: Sun 30 October
Venue: The Alliance Française
With Caterpillar,Wakamatsu significantly politicises Edogawa Rampo’s 1929 fantasy-horror story of the same name, which was banned from reprinting in Japan for its theme of sexual instinct. While the war is long past, what the audience sees is its consequences upon those who were not at the frontline.
Caterpillar is a potent critique of the nationalistic fever that gripped militarist Japan before the Second World War, and led the island nation to commit terrible atrocities against its fellow Asian countries. It also examines the gender inequality that once pervaded, and to some extent continues to fester in Japanese society today.