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The Ondekoza

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  • 1981
  • Nonemin
The Ondekoza
  • Japanese

Japanese director Tai Kato's last film, The Ondekoza is a documentary profiling a Japanese taiko drumming group based in the remote Sado Island, Japan. The film blurs the line between real-life documentary footage of the troupe's training and practice regimes, and staged performances of their varied musical acts, with sets designed by artist Tadanori Yokoo and an additional experimental electronic music score by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Filmed in 1981 but due to largely unknown difficulties with various production companies, the film wasn't released publicly until 1994, nine years after the director's death. Remastered digitally into 4K HD resolution in 2016, to be screened at the Venice Film Festival and Tokyo Filmex Film Festival.

The Ondekoza
  • Japanese
Tai Katô
Tai Katô Director
Tagayasu Den
Tagayasu Den Producer
Shigeo Nakakura
Shigeo Nakakura Assistant Director
Keiji Maruyama
Keiji Maruyama Director of Photography
Chiyoo Umeda
Chiyoo Umeda Art Direction
Tadanori Yokoo
Tadanori Yokoo Art Direction
Masahiro Noda
Masahiro Noda Lighting Manager
Hideo Nishizaki
Hideo Nishizaki Sound Director
Tsutomu Ishihara
Tsutomu Ishihara Still Photographer
Yoshiaki Ooi
Yoshiaki Ooi Himself
Mitsuru Mori
Mitsuru Mori Herself

Production Companies

Asahi Broadcasting

Shochiku

Den Films