13mayAll Day23JAZZ KISSA BASIEジャズ喫茶ベイシーwatch.hiff.orgEvent Type:Documentary,Film,Online ScreeningFestival, Season, or Series:HIFF SHOWCASE SERIES,J-FESTCountries:JapanGenres:Documentary,MusicGeographic Availability:USA ONLY Event TagsNorth American Premiere
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SYNOPSIS In Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, 450 kilometers away from Tokyo, Seiji Sugawara has been running a jazz café, or Jazz Kissa since the 1970s, one of 600 jazz cafes in Japan.
In Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, 450 kilometers away from Tokyo, Seiji Sugawara has been running a jazz café, or Jazz Kissa since the 1970s, one of 600 jazz cafes in Japan. Jazz Kissa, where guests drink coffee while listening to jazz seriously without talking, are a unique cultural phenomenon that can only be found in Japan. Born in the 1950s, they spread all over the country in the 1970s with the rise of the financial bubble. However, in the last 20 years these Jazz Kissa have been on the decline, with many closing each year. Somehow through it all, Kissa Basie marches on.
Featuring a mix of archival images, footage, and interviews, director Tetsuya Hoshino explores the rich history of Basie and the love of jazz music in Japan. Featuring interviews with the owner, Seiji Sugawara, conductor Ozawa Seiji, architect Ando Tadao, jazz musicians, Sadao Watanabe and Elvin Jones, and ordinary customers discussing why Kissa Basie has been going strong for 50 years.
Directed by: Tetsuya Hoshino
Japan | 2021 | 104 min.
Premiere: North American Premiere
Languages: Japanese with English Subtitles
Genres: Documentary, Music
Producers: Shinya Furugori, Tomoyuki Miyagawa
Executive Producer: Chihiro Kameyama
Editor: Takuya Taguchi
Sound: Junichi Shima
Cast: Kaoru Abe, Tadao Ando, Yoshiei Ando, Shigenobu Atsugi, Peter Brotzmann, Tatebumi Isogai, Yasohachi Itoh, Elvin Jones, Shuichi Murakami, Hozumi Nakadaira, Seiichi Nakamura, Paul Nilssen-Love, Seiji Ozawa, Akira Sakata, Katsuhiko Shimaji, Shoji Sugawara, Kyoka Suzuki, Yasushi Toyoshima, Sadao Watanabe