Two John Foxx videos directed by Macoto Tezka

November 7, 2013.

By Macoto Tezka

One day, I came across a very old, classic western-style building in a corner of Ginza-town in central Tokyo.
A building stood at the location well over 80 years. It’s one of a Tokyo’s relics of the past that survived war-fire and many earthquakes.

In the building, there are a couple of stairs around an old mechanical elevator. It used be an apartment but no one lives there anymore. Now galleries and antique stores occupy the building.
Walking through a narrow passage, I thought about the past and imagined how people lived here. Imagery of old silent films flashed into my imagination.

A few months later, I visited there again with my actor friends and a cinematographer. Because I couldn’t think of a better location for John Foxx And The Maths videos.

John’s music has a feeling of “déjà vu”. It’s always fresh but somehow nostalgic. Silhouette of a figure that walks through an old avenue; vague, indistinctive face . . That is the image created by his music. But some images of my own memories also came up.

Our cinematographer shot this film with a Canon camera. Before editing, it had sharply-defined shapes and vivid color, so I removed it all. Next, I adjusted the speed to express an eternal moment. Then I synchronized the music to the image and I found something was still missing.

By watching the film for many weeks I kept asking myself, ‘whats’ missing’? Then an idea came up to my mind to bring the film to perfection. The gaps of ‘scattered memories and missing time’ need to be added. So I decided to attach these ‘invisible moments’ to fill the gap. The film was finished by these invisible moments.

Credit;
Starring: Go Setoguchi, Megumi Oka (‘Evidence’)
Director: Macoto Tezka
Director of Photography: Kenji Tsuji
Makeup: Ai Nobayashi
Stylist: Yushi Gender Takemoto
Macoto Tezka Profile

Born in Tokyo. Began his career as a film director when he was at high school.
Since his debut, he’s expressed himself visually through feature length films, experimental film, documentary and MTV.

As a family of famous Manga-artist Osamu Tezuka, he supports to produce posthumous Manga and Anime works.
In 1999, he directed feature film called ‘Hakuchi: the innocent- ‘. It was invited and shown at The Venice International Film Festival.

In 2012, Directed a documentary film ‘Ogatsu ~the revival of the Houin Kagura Dance’.
His best known works are “MODELS (1987)”, “NARAKURE (1997)”, “EXPERIMENTAL FILM(1999)” and “BLACK KISS(2005)”. Contributed a short film on JOHN FOXX’s DVD “DNA”.




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