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Old 05.03.2007, 01:42 PM   #43
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Thought some of you might be interested to know about the existence of this film: AA

Apparently it features pretty extensive Haino interviews and performances (among others (Otomo Yoshihide!)). With a 7.5 hour length I doubt if it will ever be translated / available on DVD, but oh well! Such is the life of a Haino fan.

Very quick (bad) translation of the synopsis:
Music critic Aida Akira (Aida Aquirax), who died at just 32 after leaving an indelible mark on the world of music, enthusistically introduced free jazz and progressive rock to Japan. Collaborating with other musicians Aida helped forge a new kind of Japanese music.
What movement was Aida's work of? What were the 1970s which Aida burst through? In this work director Aoyama Shinji, who is also known for his works as a producer and writer, created a six part long-running documentary spanning over 5 years. What will come of this seven and a half hour film by the director who rocked the world with his three & a half hour movie "Yuriika (Eureka)"? Deeply enthused by the time he was in middle school with the literary and philosophical music criticism he lived in the tracks of, this ambitious work brings Aida back to life through the words of musicians and critics who knew him.


Performers: Otomo Yoshihide, Kameda Yukinori, Kondo Toshinori, Sasaki Atsushi, Shimizu Toshihiko, Soejima Teruto, Takahashi Iwao, Takeda Kenichi, Haino Keiji, Hirai Gen, Honma Akira, Yuasa Manabu.

Annnnnyhow, there's a trailer on the website featuring a short clip of Keiji Haino singing the most soul crushingly beautiful song I've ever heard him sing. http://www.aa-movie.com/trailer_mp4.html
Hurrah.
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