directed by Travis Klose
USA 2004

 

Japanese photographer Araki is depending on whom you ask somewhere between a genius and a dirty old man. Fascinated with the female body, he has for over 40 years made a name of himself shooting sexually explicit material, especially his pink shots and his bondage shots, but at the same time, he will shoot random objects, like a fork on a table, capturing a moment in time and challenging the nature of photography and expanding it as an art form.

By some called the Robert Mappelthorpe of Japanese photography, Araki has over the years published his photographs in over 350 books and has gained a significant group of admirers, both amongst other photographers, but also amongst celebrities, like Kitano Takeshi and Björk. As a photographer, what really drives Araki is a love for the human face and a desire to display intimacy, where not even his own privacy is sacred.

Then again, Araki is nothing more than a fun loving old dirty man with a camera.

“Arakimentari” is a close-up portrait of Araki. First time director Travis Klose spend two months with Araki in Tokyo, following him everywhere, recording his every activity, supported by interviews with critics, fans and models. The result is an at time chaotic account of a man who sees beauty everywhere and wants to photography everything, even a garden hose on the ground, and someone who does what he loves to do and has so much fun doing it.

Henrik Sylow

Theatrical Release: January 18, 2004 (Slamdance Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Tartan - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Tartan

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:14:47
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.30 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital Japanese, DTS Japanese
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Tartan

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Travis Klose and Jason Fried
• Additional Footage (57:14)
• Photo Gallery (38 pics)
• Trailer (1:38)

DVD Release Date: August 22, 2005
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Comments While images are very sharp in detail, imposed text is less sharp and the entire films displays combing, unless the image is non-moving. Being a digital transfer, I can only assume, the transfer was non progressive.

The audio commentary by director Travis Klone and producer Jason Fried is superb, and watching the film with the commentary adds a new dimension to the documentary, as they talk about how got in contact with Araki and about the production in all.

Its followed by 55 minutes of additional footage, which really is an extended interview of one present in the film, and 38 of his pictures.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 






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