French director Philippe Grandrieux (Sombre, 1999; A Lake, 2009) wants to make a series of portraits of politically committed filmmakers. His film about Japanese avant-gardist Masao Adachi (1939) is the first in this series.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Adachi was a prominent film critic and underground filmmaker, with experimental films such as Sain (1963) to his name. He often collaborated with his contemporary and ally Nagisa Oshima, wrote scripts for Koji Wakamatsu and made films in the pink genre.
Disappointment with the political direction of Japan made him join the the extreme left-wing Japanese Red Army in the early 1970s and he started making films in Beirut.
Grandieux engages in sometimes cryptic conversations with him about film, art and politics and films him in his characteristic style: sometimes out of focus, sometimes under or over- exposed. With a few clips from Adachi's work, such as The Red Army/PFLP: Declaration of World War from 1971.

International title
It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve - Masao Adachi
Filmmaker
Philippe Grandrieux
Country
France
Year
2011
Medium
HDcam
Length
74’
Language
Japanese, French
Producer
Annick Lemonnier
Production Company
EPILEPTIC
Sales
EPILEPTIC
Writer
Philippe Grandrieux
Cinematography
Philippe Grandrieux
Editor
Philippe Grandrieux
Production Design
Philippe Grandrieux
Sound Design
Philippe Grandrieux
Music
Ferdinand Grandrieux
Website
http://www.grandrieux.com