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PEEP "TV" SHOW
FIPRESCI Prize Rotterdam Film Fest
"Courageous and uncompromising filmmaking" -Film Threat
An alienated eighteen-year-old seeking solace in the gothic Lolita look, a social recluse who has not left his apartment in months, a beleaguered salaryman who lives to sleep, and a convenience store clerk who alternates between glancing disinterestedly at the store's security monitors and flicking through anti-war leaflets, are but a few of the disconnected loners brought together by a mysterious figure named Hasegawa. His Peep "TV" Show website, a conceptual experiment which capitalizes on the public's innate voyeurism and craving for the "real". Shibuya, the vibrant and media saturated epicenter of Tokyo youth culture, is Ground Zero for this urbanized world of displaced young people, for whom fashion statements define not only their identity, but also how they relate to the world. Peep "TV" Show is the sophisticated feature from guerrilla filmmaker and "media activist" Yutaka Tsuchiya, which provocatively examines the ramifications of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center for those who experienced it via television sets on the other side of the world. Tsuchiya's story unfolds in a collage of digital video footage supported by scenes mediated through TV screens, surveillance cameras, and internet webcams, thereby presenting a self-reflexive look at how, with the accessibility of modern media technologies, it is now possible for everyone to reclaim their own identity within it by creating, distributing, and consuming whatever form of reality they desire. Yutaka Tsuchiya's take on this Victorian-goth underworld is eye-popping and just a bit scary, one of the most original looks at the new world order, wherein everyone is surreptitiously looking at everyone else.
Directed by Yutaka Tsuchiya, Japan, 2004, DVD, 98 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.