Guest in Focus: Natsuki Nakagawa

Of Ghost’s and Angry Women 
A New Form of Psychological Analyses

Natsuki Nakagawas film debut “She Is Alone” will celebrate its international premiere at the 19th Nippon Connection Film Festival. Nakagawa managed to creativly underline her analytic highschool drama with elements of a ghostly psycho-thriller. “She Is Alone” is shown together with the short film “Who Knows About My Life” by Teppei Isobe at the Skip City International D-Cinema Special. For our Guest in Focus series, Nakagawa shared her perspective on the creation of her first feature film with a strong female main figure.


Where did you get the idea for your latest film?

“I had a vague wish to make a film with ghosts (yurei), probably inspired by Japanese and other suspense and horror films that I love. For example, I love films like Opening Night by John Cassavetes, where a person hunted by something can see people who are invisible to others. There is an enourmous internal conflict. I also wanted to show a girl handling anger In contrast to men, I cannot remember that I’ve often seen girls getting furious and out of control. I thought, I’d love to see this on screen, it would be fascinating. In the end, these two things mixed and turned into this film.”

 

What was the biggest challenge while making your latest film?

“Everything was a challenge. With the little experiences in filmmaking that I had, first, it was a huge challenge for me to make a feature film. Then, it was a challenge to make a film together with a professional technical crew, including people like Akiko Ashizawa (camera). On the production side, including myself, most of us had almost never made a film before. I’m still surprised how well it turned out. Thanks to everyone involved, we could complete it, and I’m very proud of it.”

 

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If you weren’t making films, what profession would you pursue?

I’d probably be a normal employee. I cannot imagine in which area. But nevertheless, I’d always have the urge to continue making stories. So, I’d probably quit my job to make films or write a novel or something.  

 


新作のアイディアはどこで得たものですか。

まず幽霊が出る映画を撮りたいと漠然と思っていました。それは国内外の自分の好きなサスペンスやホラー映画の影響だと思います。例えば、ジョン・カサヴェテスの『オープニングナイト』のように、何かに追い詰められた人が、他の人には見えない人が見える、というような映画が好きでした。そこには大きな葛藤があるからです。そして、怒る女の子が撮りたいとも思っていました。男に比べ、女の子が怒り、暴走していくものはあまり見た記憶がなかったからです。あったら見たい、面白そうだと思いました。結果その二つが混ざって、この映画の形になりました。

 

今回の映画制作・撮影中での一番大きいなチャレンジは何でしたか?

全てがチャレンジでした。映画撮影の経験が乏しい中で、まず長編映画を撮ろうという事が自分にとっての挑戦で、次に、芦澤明子さんをはじめとするプロの技術スタッフさんと映画を撮ることも挑戦でした。私を含め、制作側はほぼ映画を撮ったことがなかったので、今でも良くやれたなと思っています。関わってくれた方々のお陰でなんとか完成し、大きな自信になりました。

 

もし映画監督になっていなかったら、どのようなお仕事をしていたと思いますか?

恐らく会社員をしていたと思います。業種は想像がつきません。しかし物語を作りたいと思い続けていたでしょうから、映画を作るか、または何か小説を書こうとして、仕事を辞めていたかもしれません。

 


She Is Alone at the Skip City International D-Cinema Special 
of the 
19th Nippon Connection Filmfestival

Japan 2018, 60 min.
Thursay, May 30, 14:15, Naxoshalle Kino
with Director Natsuki Nakagawa

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Check out the Trailer

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