Twin Cinemas, Hagi

June 24, 2010 | No comments | Blog Post | Video Podcast

After more than 60 days on the roads of Japan, visiting dozens of movie theaters, there are days when I feel that there is very little hope left for cinema in this country. There are days like this when I feel that the system has been too slow in following the evolution of society, too slow in preparing the grounds for the next generations. As a filmmaker, there are days when I feel really frustrated and angry at the system that didn’t plan well and got caught at its own game…

Yet, there are days when I feel real good about the movie passion that I meet everywhere, the love for cinema that I see in the people’s eyes… The Twin Cinemas in Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture is such a place. The movie theater was closing down and the community decided to take it in their own hands. They even installed a 3D Projector and were playing “Alice… ” when we visited..


And on the way out from Hagi, we saw this nice little Buddhist temple with a tiny cemetery, surrounded by “Mikan” orchards. We stopped to take a look and found those interesting statues…

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And we couldn’t resist buying some “mikan”. There was no one to sell them, but here is the proof that we paid for them…

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This already feels like it was such a long time ago… Actually it was more than a month ago… I will try harder in the coming days…

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