Flashback Memories 3D
PROD Takane Junji
SCR Matsue Tetsuaki
ED Imai Daisuke
MUS Goma and the Jungle Rhythm Section
PROD CO Space Shower Networks / Spotted Productions
There’s never been a music documentary like Flashback Memories before, and not only because it’s in 3D. Korean-Japanese director Matsue Tetsuaki’s film plays like a cross between a rave concert and a Koreeda documentary. Japanese didgeridoo player Goma had a thriving career and an international following when he was hit from behind by a car in 2009 and suffered traumatic brain injuries which seriously impaired his medium- and short-term memory and affected his emotional responses. He slowly trained himself to play again and psyched himself to resume public performances. The tsunami and Fukushima nuclear meltdown occurred just days before his comeback concert, but he decided to go ahead. The current news is mostly good: Goma will never have normal memory-functions again, but his shows are as stunning—and trippy—as they were before the accident. Matsue uses no narration, just captions and sentences from Goma’s convalescence diaries. He retrieves the personal history which Goma himself has forgotten, but mostly lets the music tell the story. Small film, big experience.
— Tony Rayns
Preceded By: My Socks
DIR Kato Ikuo / Japan, 2013, 7 min.
Feelings of guilt kick in at a very young age. Kato’s delightful film was made at the Laputa Art Animation School. (TR)