[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]Y[/eltdf_dropcaps]esterday the Principal Theater hosted the long awaited Master Class of Master Masato Harada, an internationally renowned director from GIFF’s Spotlight Country and who was paid tribute to this year by GIFF.
Harada recalled his first encounters with cinema which include Fred Zinneman’s The Search and his mentor and maximum influence Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings, apart from recognizing the filmographies of Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa as absolute references of his work.
Harada confesses that he’s devoted to fantasy and science fiction, liking Isaac Asimov’s realistic look at the future and trying to venture into logic of contextualizing withing a visual style. He’s also a big fan of the Jidageki genre, epic period dramas that focus on the depths of the psychological and physical nature of the samurai, which he considers the definition of his narrative and cinematic style.
To finish the conference, Masato Harada, considered one of the most purposeful contemporary directors in Japan, honored us with the news that he plans to develop his next film in Guanajuato to be co-produced by Mexico and Japan. The film will be inspired by the Tragic Ten, a 1913 military coup, as well as the shelter and welcoming by the families of former President Francisco I. Madero in the Japanese Diplomatic Legation of 1913 by Japanese diplomat Kumaichi Horiguchi.