Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Hikari to Kioku no Ahtisuto［An Artist of Light and Memory］
Editors: Fuyuki Natsume and Yu Kaneko
Publication date: 23 December 2016
Publisher: Film-Art sha. (Tokyo)
Contributors: Toranosuke Aizawa, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Norimizu Amea, Masao Ayabe, Toshiharu Ito, Kyoko Iwaki, Karen Newman, Takashi Kitakoji, Kinchome, Atsushi Sasaki, Hideyuki Takano, Chayanin Tiangpitayagorn, Tony Rayns, Norihiko Namamura, Filmsick (Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa), Masato Fukushima, Sho Fukutomi, Kenji Fukuma, Chihiro Minato, Inuhiko Yomota, Daisuke Watanabe
Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a film director who has attracted enthusiastic attention not only from the aficionados and cinema critics of his works, but also literally from the whole world. The year 2016 marked the special occasion for collectively presenting his works in Japan: the special features started from the screening of his entire long films that involved his newest one, Cemetery of Splendor in March; this was followed by the exhibitions of his art works and short films both in the Saitama Triennial as well as in Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in December.
This book analyses the diverse aspects and connotations of the works of the author who represents both Asian and global cinema world, from the multiple viewpoints that involve cinema reviews, art criticism and cultural anthropology, through the contributions by the Japanese authors as well as the translation of various essays written in Thai and English.
This book ventures into unveiling his tacit motifs within the totality of his art world, through the detailed analyses of various scenes in his films, both with the anthropological gaze that focuses on his world of spirits, ghosts, and traditional kings, and with the similarly close examination of the artistic aspects of his video works and installations that he has poured his passion in tandem with his major film direction.
This book also contains a long interview with Apichatpong himself who reflects upon his major works, along with the detailed filmography.