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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Shisso Productions, the independent film company founded by influential Japanese documentarian Kazuo Hara and his wife, producer and collaborator, Sachiko Kobayashi. Widely-recognized for their compelling, complicated and deeply personal portraits of iconoclastic individuals—such as the ex-soldier Kenzo Okuzaki hellbent on exposing unspoken war crimes in their best-known film, The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987)—Hara and Kobayashi have dedicated their lives to documenting the struggle between people and the powers that be. In recognition of the pair’s milestone with Shisso Productions, Japan Society presents a career-spanning online retrospective of Hara and Kobayashi’s work—from the groundbreaking debut Goodbye CP (1972) to their latest epic documentary Minamata Mandala (2020)—including their rarely screened sole narrative feature, The Many Faces of Chika (2005). Presented in partnership with Janus Films and Shisso Productions. Special thanks to Hisami Kuroiwa and Joel Neville Anderson.


Discounted Bundles

Cinema as Struggle: The Films of Kazuo Hara & Sachiko Kobayashi | Bundle 1
6 films
Cinema as Struggle: The Films of Kazuo Hara & Sachiko Kobayashi | Bundle 2
6 films

Series Lineup

Goodbye CP
1h 22m Documentary 1972
Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974
1h 38m Documentary 1974
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
2h 2m Documentary 1987
A Dedicated Life
2h 37m Documentary 1994
The Many Faces of Chika
1h 54m Drama 2005
Sennan Asbestos Disaster
2 films
Reiwa Uprising
2 films
3 films

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