Deutsche Version

Kasei no kanon

English title: The Mars Canon
Director: Kazama Shiori    → show biography   
Country: Japan
Year: 2001
Synopsis: Kinuko, 29, is involved in a relationship with a 43-year-old office worker, Kouhei. On Tuesdays, she has dinner with him and they stay at a hotel together. It is only on Tuesday when she has a date with him; he spends the rest of his time with his family. One day, she gets to know Manabe, a street-poet, and Hijiri, who is staying temporarily in Manabe’s apartment. Hijiri keeps rebuking her,“It’s wrong for you to have an extramarital affair.“ On the following day, turned out of Manabe’s apartment, Hijiri tumbles into Kinuko’s room. She puts all her energy into nursing Kinuko who has a cold, though Kouhei comes to her to drive Hijiri out of her room. A few days later, Hijiri moves next door to Kinuko’s room. Kazama Shiori: “I feel an urge to make films. Whether I make films or not, the world will always be full of fighting, people will still love one another, hate one another, sometimes together, other times apart. So what can I do? Asking myself this question, I find that I’m powerless before such massive destruction and pain. The least I can do is quietly depict a simple, common love story you can find anywhere. I do not know how to break the chain of hatred. But I wish to value the tiniest feel-ing of love. Even though it might not work out in the end. No one can invade one’s happy memory. You can take it out and repeatedly look at it, even though it might be accompanied by a small pain in the heart. The title The Mars Canon includes the astrological interpretation of ‘Mars’: battle – sex – love and ‘Canon’, as in the musical composition.“
Language: Japanese
Forum participation year: 2002
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Technical Attributes

Format: 35mm
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: German
Running time (minutes): 122
Color: color
Sound: Optical track
Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
Frames per second: 24
Length in metres: 3333
Weight: 24.4
Number of reels: 7