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The works of filmmaker Katsushika Shussin speak for what cannot be put into words in everyday life.



A circle of friends connected by gut touch! The “FIST BUMP” corner of the radio program “GRAND MARQUEE” features people who live and enjoy Tokyo in a relay format.

On December 4, filmmaker Katsushika Shussin will appear. We asked him about how he got into filmmaking, his creative roots, and his animation of Keiichi Sogabe’s music videos.

Katsushika Shussin’s video works that tickle your heart

Celeina (MC): We start off the week with a recommendation from the program, a filmmaker Katsushika Shussin. thank you.

Takano (MC): Just to confirm, where are you from?

Katsushika: I am from Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture.

Celeina: Wait a minute. I thought you said you were from Katsushika!

Takano: I thought you were from Katsushika (haha). Actually, when I visited the “Modes and Characters: Poetics of Graphic Design” exhibition the other day, I came across a work by Mr.Katsushika Shussin. I thought it was a great idea, and the program staff immediately contacted Mr. Katsushika.

At the “Modes and Characters: Poetics of Graphic Design” Mr. Katsushika was showing video works that are usually shown on X. I felt that he was really tapping into the side of my heart. I felt nostalgia with the atmosphere of short jingle videos used in music and educational programs, but also felt a cohabitation of newness and oldness because of the considerable use of computer graphics. And the choice of words is also super interesting. Is this description correct? It’s hard to describe.

Katsushika: I think it is correct. I don’t really understand it either (haha).

Takano: The “Modes and Characters: Poetics of Graphic Design” exhibition was held in a quiet venue, but I was impressed by the fact that all the visitors were bursting into laughter. Also, you have made video works like a diary, right?

Katsushika: Yes. I am working on a piece called “Today’s Diary,” which I hope to post every two days or so.

Takano: “Today’s Diary” is a work that combines images and a message, for example, the message is “After taking a bath, I have nothing to wear. I skipped laundry too much”.

Celeina:The message is irresistible. My favorite was the one that said, “No evening meals after 9:00 p.m.”. When I saw this on social media, that was tickle my heart.

Takano: I understand. It’s like a pinch on the side of your heart. What I liked was, “There are days when it’s noon, but even if you open the window, it’s still not bright”. I get it. Is the message a real experience for you?

Katsushika: Basically, I made it based on my actual experience.

Takano: It’s like you speak for things that humanity feels in their daily lives but has not been able to verbalize very well.

Celeina: Indeed, you have made such video works.



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