After forty-five years, I revisited the Sanrizuka airport land. What did I see there and what prompted me to film?
In the beginning was the Word. Everything was brought out into broad daylight to be scrutinized and dissected by words and reason; to be verbalized and hung out to dry. But the world of images is a world of shadows swaying endlessly. The minute you think you caught it; it slips through your fingers. The mesh of verbalization is too big to capture this world of images in its net. It flees away.
This film recounts the forty-six year struggle of the Sanrizuka farmers opposing the new airport and the government’s authoritative oppression through the sober eyes of present day farmers. The airport has been built, however imperfectly, and the farmers’ defeat is an inevitable conclusion. However, the farmers are still farming on the land while casting side glances at the planes. They continue to live there. No doubt their everyday lives and their minds are swaying conflicting courses. We quietly placed our camera at their side and captured their voices through a serenity of images.
̶Otsu Koshiro, director / cinematographer