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Making Out In Japan

Janet Merewether
1996

Direction, camera, edit - Janet Merewether
Concept - Yuji Sone and Janet Merewether
Voices - Yuji Sone, Eric Dorfman and Janet Merewether

A collaboration between performance artist Yuji Sone and film/video maker Janet Merewether, this short video, based around a language lesson structure, intends to teach the language of Japanese intimacy in five easy steps. The subtleties of love are humorously regimented into dry language drills.

Open the heart for a video romance, and enter a world which is out of synch, as Japanese television and iconography are deconstructed to reveal an erotic subtext. Suppressed thoughts and desires are liberated as geishas and animated superheroes play out epic and banal tales of attraction. Women desire. The unspeakable is spoken. Taboos are broken.

The electronic landscapes of Tokyo's television and neon signage contrast with the traditional, if not cliched images of the classical Japanese environment - carp, the Buddha, a paper house, fishmarkets. The oppositions continue. 'Liberated' Western sexual values sit uneasily, their 'universality' questionable when imposed on a culture known for its love hotels and eccentric sexual desires.

Format
Shot on Super, finished on SP Betacam
Duration
00:09:00
Janet Merewether, Making Out In Japan 1996.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions
Janet Merewether, Making Out In Japan 1996.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions 
Janet Merewether, Making Out In Japan 1996.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions
Janet Merewether, Making Out In Japan 1996.© Janet Merewether t/a Go Girl Productions