IKEDA Akira (1976, Japan) studied English literature at the Bunkyo University in Tokyo. He made his first feature film, Blue Monkey, in 2006 and received the Audience Award at the Pia Film Festival. His film Anatomy of a Paper Clip (2013) won a Hivos Tiger Award at IFFR 2014.
Ikeda Akira at IFFR
Anatomy of a Paper Clip
Kogure is a paperclip bender in a paperclip factory. A man without characteristics. A stoical loser. One day he finds a butterfly in his flat. She becomes his wife, but is even stranger than the bizarre minimal world he lives in. Crazy and funny Japanese neofolk.
Melancholy, romantic gangster film. Illegal butcher Mejima falls for gangster's moll/prostitute Mon, seemingly sealing his fate. However her boss, the cruel Chinese Lee, arouses unexpected emotions in him. Meijma's motto - that he has no purpose in life - is called into doubt.
Comprised of a series of dream-like episodes beginning with a woman waking up with an insect stuck to her head, Tiger Award winner Ikeda Akira (Anatomy of a Paper Clip) balances otherworldly strangeness with Japanese social pressures in this offbeat comedy that amuses and bewilders in equal measure.
The Monster and the Woman
There’s a monster about. The villagers are terrified and the police seem powerless. One woman seems to know more.