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Bong Gita

Japan, 1959 (MIFF 1960, Programme 2)

Director: Go Ono

A delightful prize-winning Japanese puppet film. A discarded guitar responds to a flower-girl's plight. The village is attracted and her flowers sold - and so the tale continues . . . a theft, a fight, and a happy ending. Techniques used in live cinema are transferred to the puppet stage; perspective, lighting, camera, movement and imaginative use of foregrounds create a remarkable illusion of reality.

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