2045 Carnival Folklore

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Japan | 2015 | 100 minutes | Naoki Kato

Like a noise rock Brave New World with echoes of Alphaville, this gorgeous black and white vision of Japan after a nuclear disaster pits chaos against control and secret agents against an oppressive government agency. Featuring noise live performances. Director Naoki Kato, actor Ryusuke Hayashi, and musician Toshiji Mikawa scheduled to attend.

Friday, June 5, 2015

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  • Limited Availability
  • On Standby
  • Matinee

SIFF Film Center

7:00 PM Date has passed SOn Standby Director Naoki Kato, Actor Ryosuke Hayashi scheduled to attend

Saturday, June 6, 2015

  • Purchased Tickets
  • Limited Availability
  • On Standby
  • Matinee

SIFF Film Center

7:00 PM Date has passed SOn Standby Director Naoki Kato, Actor Ryosuke Hayashi, Musician Toshiji Mikawa scheduled to attend

Inspired by the anarchic spirit of Japanese noise rock, 2045 Carnival Folklore is a fever dream of a science fiction story set after a worldwide nuclear disaster. The country once known as Japan has collapsed. Out of its ashes an authoritarian party called ANIKI has risen up, controlling the population through fear and feeding them human flesh. The story, however, follows a spy from the nether world, “Sun Ra,” who sneaks into the city; the movie is essentially his report. Themes of chaos and control run rampant, with a doctor and nurse team working for ANIKI and trying to control the sexual impulses of the patients in the psycho ward. Similarly, the control over the movie is often ceded to Japanoise interludes, like a performance from the Fukushima Mutant Gandja Turtles or Toshiji Mikawa and his influential noise rock band Incapactants. Anarchy reigns in both story and style. This is a world where people will return to nuclear power, because six months after a major disaster they’ve already forgotten. Come to think of it, that’s a world much like our own.


Screening with noise live performances: 
June 5 | act by Sierror!
June 6|  act by Sierror! with T. Mikawa

Sierror! is a Noise Death Match unit established by Naoki Kato (Director) and Keisuke Masuda (Composer) in 2011. They destroy ears with electronics, guitar, howling and feedback as Noise. Learn more here.

T. Mikawa is a living legend who is highly respected not only in Japan but also around the world. He is a member of Hijo Kaidan and Incapacitants. His performances and sounds are so powerful and original that they draw in many audience members even though they have no experience with the genre of noise music. He also appears in 2045 Carnival Folklore.


Director Biography

Naoki Kato is a Japanese director. His first feature Abraxas, inspired by Sokyu Genyu, a novelist and Buddhist monk, was a hit at Sundance in 2010.

  • Director: Naoki Kato
  • Principal Cast: Junya Ishii, Misaki Oka, Ryosuke Hayashi, Hideyuki Okamoto, Ryo Hamamoto
  • Premiere Status: World Premiere
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Producer: Naoki Kato
  • Screenplay: Naoki Kato, Keisuke Masuda
  • Cinematographers: Yukibumi Josha
  • Editors: Hiroshi Suzuki
  • Music: Hiroyuki Nagashima, Keisuke Masuda, Naoki Kato
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Abraxas (2010), A Bao A Qu (2007), Konjaku monogatari: The new edition (2007)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP