Fence
  • Duration165 min

An hour south of Tokyo, within the boundaries of the city of Zushi, lies the Ikego Hills, a 300 Hectare area engirdled by a perimeter fence, of which a third plays host to the families of U.S. servicemen stationed at nearby Yokosuka naval base, with the remainder a densely-forested conservation area. All remain strictly off-limits to non-military personnel, including the local inhabitants originally relocated from their homes to make room for an ammunition dump built by the Imperial Navy in 1941. Controversially allocated to the American military by the central government, the land has taken on a highly politicized aspect, with opposition from local citizens groups in the 1980s representing Japan’s first major green movement and calling into question the arrangement between the two countries that allows America to maintain a military presence in Japan over fifty years after the occupation. Following the lead taken by Tsuchimoto Noriaki and the Ogawa Pro collective’s later works, Fujiwara’s mesmerising documentary is political without being polemic, adopting a measured and discursive approach that takes within its scope the area’s entire ecosystem, with due emphasis given to its human elements and their histories.

  • Director(s): Toshi Fujiwara
  • Producer(s): Takaharu Yasuoka
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Video HDCam
  • Premiere status: None
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