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One Step Beyond

Japan, 1987 (MIFF 1989, Fiction)

Director: Naoto Yamakawa

A power-station blows up. Two men and two women run out. An employee tries to convince them of the non-danger of the disaster.

'No Jean-Luc, not a child of Marx and Coca-Cola. More like a resident of Alphaville with a taste for ice-cream and tracking shots'. -Tony Rayns

See also...

Attack on a Bakery

Japan, 1983
When two labourers decide to rob a bakery, they get more co-operation than they expected from its communist owner. ... More »


Japan, 1988
... ... Yamakawa (bom in 1967) is without doubt Japan's hottest director, a Bertolucci for the 1990s whose ears ring with garage-band rock rather than Verdi arias. He's best known so far for his awes… More »

The Cat Often Comes Back in the Morning

Japan, 1987
A segment from the portmanteau film Fantastic Collection. Raymond Chandler writ small more wittily than anything since Gumshoe. Yamakawa won the MFF Grand Prix in 1987 for his short Attack On a Baker… More »

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